Covid-19 has already demonstrated its severity and devastating nature as a pandemic. Never before has the world been affected so severely in all aspects of life. Every aspect of humanism has been permeated and technology has no answer to its sweeping power.
The nature of this disease mirrors the overwhelming power of sin that we all succumb to. In this article, we will look at some of the similarities and differences between the Covid-19 pandemic and sin, with the hope that we will understand how sin is bigger and more devastating a threat to humanity.
Covid-19 is a pandemic but only some may get it
Not everyone in the population of a country that has been invaded by this disease may get it. It works its way gradually around the country and it may die out. Sin, on the other hand, may also be seen as a “pandemic” in terms of its universality.
It is everywhere, and it has a more cosmic sweep compared to the virus. In that, every human who enters this world has already been infected by it. As the Bible says: “For all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
We are born with sin and that is just the way we are, with no exception, apart from Jesus Christ who was sinless.
Covid-19 patients may struggle for only a few weeks
We have seen how some of the patients suffered for only a few weeks, which means the virus may die out, leaving the patient Covid-free. As for sin, it remains in human beings for life.
Repentance puts its controlling power to the sword, however the unrepentant sinner will always struggle with it until death. Notice how Paul describes the case of an unrepentant sinner: “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” (Romans 7:19-20)
When we accept Jesus into our hearts we become new creatures because the power of sin to control us has been broken. While we used to be the person described in Galatians 5:19-21, we become the new and ideal person described in Galatians 5:22, 23 and 2 Corinthians 5:17, because we have stopped following the dictates of sin in us through Jesus.
As Covid-19 victims celebrate their recovery, we too celebrate our victory over sin in Jesus as portrayed by Paul in these words: “I thank God through Jesus Christ who rescued me and gave His life for me.” (Romans 7:25)
The Covid patient can recover without a vaccine in place
We have been told in the media that the number of those who recovered from the disease is greater than those who died. As for Sin though, there is no way a person can get rid of sin without a “vaccine.”
Notice what the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
No human effort whatsoever can rid individuals and the world of sin. Eternal death is inevitable.
Without a vaccine, those who contract it may still die
As for Sin, we can be thankful that a “vaccine” was provided nearly 2,000 years ago and is valid until sin is destroyed.
The Bible confirms in these words: “For by grace are you saved through faith.” (Ephesians 2:8)
“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The remedy for sin is the grace of God revealed in the death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary.
However, it is only the power of sin that has been broken, so that it can no longer control us. But Jesus’ death provided the means of escape for us from the destruction that sin is bound to bring.
There is a high level of uncertainty as to when the devastating power of Covid-19 may finally be broken and brought to an end.
There is also an element of fear among the leaders of the world as they contemplate reopening their countries for business, as another wave of attack may occur which may be more devastating than the previous one.
As for Sin, we can be certain that, according to God’s loving plan for us, sin will not be allowed to continue forever. Its master, Satan, will be destroyed along with sin and all that it entails.
This is how the Bible describes its end: “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur.” (Revelation 20:10)
In conclusion, while the world may be struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic, and working tirelessly for a vaccine, we can be thankful that sin, on the other hand, which is more severe and has an everlasting consequence upon the human race, has been conquered by Jesus Christ.
A provision has been made for our freedom from its power to control us. In other words, we do not need to continue to suffer under it as Jesus has provided the way out at Calvary.
The possibility for freedom was provided at Calvary but the reality of it occurs when we accept Him into our hearts and ratify that acceptance at our baptism by immersion.
The ultimate freedom, where sin is totally removed from us and from our world, happens when, at the end of the world, Jesus fulfils His word in Revelation 21:5: “Behold, I make all things new.”