Millions have got affected; lakhs have died and still counting because of the pandemic that has affected the whole world. This is caused by micro-organisms that are so minute and invisible to the eye but see the potential! it has crippled the whole world and brought it down on its knees.
Governments have enforced lockdowns, people are practicing social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands to control the disease but these are all temporary measures and everyone is vulnerable to the disease and its consequences.
What can be a game changer and do wonders in such a time like this, is a ‘Vaccine’. A vaccine is literally a Saviour for communities and countries in containing the disease. But the fact of the matter is, it’s not easy to develop a vaccine. It takes toil and months and sometimes years to develop the right vaccine. If you are wondering why is vaccine truly a Savior? It’s because someone who takes the vaccine is free indeed. Even if the disease is around, they have no fear, they are free to go out, walk on the streets, go to a supermarket, shake hands and do not have to wash their hands fearing the virus or bacteria. The body develops an immunity and is free from the power of this disease. See the power of a Savior inside you!
Well the Bible talks about a disease far more damaging than this virus and it has crippled every human on the face of this earth whether they know it or not. Corrupt governments have crippled nations, murders have taken away a bubbling life, rapes are a curse to the society, adultery has destroyed a happy home, violence and terrorism a blot on humanity, lying and cheating have destroyed trust. No lockdown, no social distancing, no police, no courts have been able to tackle this problem, its only got worse over the years. What is the cause? An invisible sin, a disease of the heart far more powerful than what causes an epidemic. Death is inevitable and one day everyone will be carrying with them the consequences of this disease on the other side of the grave where there is no cure. The Bible says, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”
Isn’t there no vaccine that can protect people from the consequences of this disease? Thankfully there is one and we have been privileged to know this good news and share it with others. There is a vaccine God found for us albeit which came at a huge cost, indescribable and God gave it free of cost, only to those who believe in him, his only begotten Son Jesus Christ. The Bible tells in the very next verse, ‘28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Heb. 9:28) Those who believe in him walk freely, they don’t fear death, they have peace even in the middle of an epidemic because he offers hope to a soul, to a community, to a nation. See the power of a Savior inside you!
At UESI we have had the privilege over these decades to tell the world about this good news that can transform our society and earn a place in the very bosom of God in eternity. As if God chose us to administer this vaccine to the world. Over the years, hundreds and thousands of students have heard this good news and accepted the Saviour. Our staff workers and graduates have toiled and have gone through the length and breadth of the country to share this gospel which has borne fruit. Today there are EU students and graduates all over the country. The good news has changed lives and destiny of these students. Can you imagine God chose us to carry this good news?
In the busyness and pursuits of life, we can lose track of this calling and forget there is a disease that is killing souls. Everyone’s focus is inevitably on the current disease and its consequences. As God’s people let us continue to have our focus on the deadlier disease and the destruction it can cause. We are all locked down but not locked up – we have the good news in our hands. In the coming days, we won’t have the luxury of meeting face to face at camps and retreats. We will be in our homes, working from home, preaching from home, listening from home this unchanging message of the Saviour who came to die and rose from the dead and proved to the world, this is the vaccine that the world has been searching and giving us all a hope for the future.
This is the time to wait on the Lord in our quiet times, this is the time to intercede for the lost souls, this is the time to dig deeper into his word and listen to his still small voice. Let’s not let go off this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make an impact for eternity. While the world is awaiting desperately for the vaccine, let’s take the opportunity to tell about the vaccine that is already there. In fact a vaccine that has far reaching consequences for their lives and souls. Let’s shout and tell the world, the ‘Vaccine is found’
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand
(In Christ Alone lyrics – Songwriters: Keith Getty / Stuart Townend)
Author is Mr. Norbert, involved with UESI ministry for nearly 30 years