«Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time» (l Timothy 2:6).
As I WRITE these lines, the world is profoundly unsettled because of COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus that has infected millions of people around the world and has claimed countless lives. Coronaviruses are a large viral family that cause respiratory infections. In general, they are mild to moderate, much like a cold. On a smaller scale, they have more serious consequences, including death.
The coronavirus has caused a global pandemic that has tremendously affected healthcare, education, family life, and social relationships in general, and it has caused a huge global economic recession.
A pandemic is an infectious disease epidemic that is distributed among a large population and region. It is considered a pandemic when it is highly contagious and when it encompasses a large territory. Smallpox is considered the deadliest pandemic in history. The top ten pandemics, which include smallpox, measles, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), typhus, and cholera, have caused approximately seven hundred million deaths.
I have noticed that many people are very worried about becoming infected, but I do not see the same concern for another pandemic that, unfortunately, is even bigger than all the above put together, and has spread to the whole world. It is produced by the sin-virus, it lodges in the heart and mind, infecting the whole organism without leaving anything healthy.
Why do we take extreme care to improve or extend this present life—care that, of course, must be extreme—and we do not take even greater care for our eternal life? Paul says that Christ gave Himself as a ransom for us, took everyone’s sin-virus upon Himself, carried it to the top of a hill, and before the whole universe, took my place as one who is infected so that I could take His place as one who is restored.
The deadly viral load of all those infected with sin-virus was placed on Him. Ellen G. White says: «Though the guilt of sin was not His, His spirit was torn and bruised by the transgressions of men, and He who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him» (Selected Messages, book l, p. 321).
Jesus took on our coronavirus so that we can take on His eternal crown of life. A daily dose of one-on-one time with our Redeemer is prescribed to prevent further outbreaks of the epidemic.