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Such is the way of life these days! Gone are those days when we jostled in shopping malls, grocery stores and other public places. Gone for a time are those special moments when we can embrace a loved one. I wonder if and when this crisis comes to an end what life is going to look like. For the time being it looks like 'social distancing' is going to continue to be enforced long after lock-down until someone can come up with a remedy to this dilemma.

Of course there is a very good reason why we have to stay the safe 'six feet away' from one another in order to keep from spreading this horrible virus, or at least slow it down so everyone is not getting sick at the same time.

However, there is another virus already in our system that is by far more fearful than Covid-19! The virus called 'Sin' is in our DNA. We are born with it and it is deadly! Everyone who has ever come into this world was born with it and died, and in due course we will also!

Dying is a horrible fact of life and we do all we can to avoid it, or even mentioning the subject, but it is still there in the background ... waiting!

But, there is something even more traitorous than death itself, and that is being separated from the living, loving, merciful God! Our sin is the reason for this but while there is life there is hope. After a person has died the opportunity to be released from this curse will die with them.

This condition is so serious that there is no human remedy for it. So what can we do about it?

Where do we find hope?

Let us consider the Lord Jesus, the Son of the living God who the Bible tells us: "Came into the world to save sinners." 1 Timothy 1: 15.

His beautiful life demonstrated to us that He was absolutely perfect in every way. No sin was to be found in Him! He taught as a Man who had authority, and that is because He did. Among the marvellous things He taught was an account about a man who while on his journey to Jericho fell among thieves who mugged him and left him for dead!

There were two men who drew near to the poor man suffering under the heat of the blistering sun ... but, passed by him on the other side. They kept a safe distance between themselves and the unfortunate man.

But in the passing of time there came: "... A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him." Luke 10: 33-34.

The Lord Jesus was painting in words a picture of Himself. That 'certain Samaritan' was last person one would ever imagine to come along, right to where he was and tend to this unfortunate man's urgent needs.

Perhaps the other men were representatives of false religion and thought they would be ceremoniously unclean if they came near to him, so they backed away and left him. No compassion there, only a sense of self preservation stemming from either pride or fear.

But then there 'just so happened' to come a Samaritan with a kind and compassionate heart and took on the responsibility to see the injured man back to full health and functionality.

The Lord Jesus when telling us of this account was telling us what He did when poor lost sinners like ourselves were in our need. When He came into this world on the mission to save us from our sins and bring us into a living relationship with God His Father, social distancing did not come into the equation back then!

This beloved Man was able to mingle with all-sorts of people without His sinless nature being corrupted. Although the Lord was surrounded by sin, He remained completely uncontaminated. The Bible tells us that "The Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them." Luke 15: 2. These men like those in the parable Jesus told were not too pleased that He was getting right to the place where the people were.

They were not prepared to reach out to the needy people who were labelled 'sinners' and condemned the Lord Jesus for doing so. Little did they realise that were needy sinners as well!

What the good Samaritan did for the man left to die back then is what Jesus still does to this day for people who are lost in their sins, contaminated in the sight of a holy God, and separated from the best of blessings He has to freely give.

The world is looking for answers, it is looking for a cure, and for a man to sort things out. It's looking for anyone but the Lord Himself and one day in the not too distant future will trust a deceiver who appears to have all the answers. But Jesus is the answer NOW, and the cure for the 'virus' of sin from which all our troubles spring.

If ever people are going to come into the benefit of the blessing of having their sins forgiven, everyone has to turn away from them, and the love of them, and trust fully in God's remedy for them. "God ... commandeth all men every where to repent ..." Acts 17: 30. This is not a polite request from God but a command!

The sinless, spotless Man who came into our contaminated world and right into the company of contaminated people, remaining perfect and pure in order to go to the cross of shame.

Remember, we are born with sin because it's in our DNA. It is in the very blood that runs through our veins, which is why it took the death of the sinless Saviour as our Substitute to 'cure' the sin virus, because the blood of the Lord Jesus was perfect - there was no sin virus in it.

'Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood. Hallelujah! What a Saviour!'
P.P. Bliss

Perhaps you as a believer may find yourself feeling discouraged or lonely today. Be encouraged to know that the same Man who isn't ashamed to draw near to the sinner in their need will do the same for you also.

Every child of God needs to know how precious they are to Him and His precious Son.  Perhaps He is using this isolation period to get you to turn to Him in all sincerity and find to the joy of your soul that He was there all the time! You see, He is not ashamed of His people, and the fact that He is not ashamed to come right to where we are in our need tells me that He is faithful to His promise: "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." Hebrews 13: 5.

One day soon this precious, sinless, spotless Man will descend from heaven to call His beloved people away from this scene of sadness and suffering, to be with Him in His Father's house where immeasurable will be our portion. How wonderful to know that very soon our faith is going to give way to sight, and the One whom we cannot see and yet love, we will see Him in all His wonder and beauty at last.

Oh, and there in heaven with the Lord Jesus, 'social distancing' will be a thing of forever past. We will at last know His loving embrace. And having been reunited with loved ones who went to heaven before us, what a joy it will be to our souls to embrace them once more. What a wonderful eternity the Lord's people have to look forward to.

Dear unbeliever - won't you come and trust the Saviour so you will not lose out.
Dear fellow believer - take courage; for the best is yet to come ... Perhaps Today - Perhaps Now!

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  1. neil moraes

    It is always encouraging to know that the steadfast promises and teachings that Jesus left us invigorates us in this time of partial isolation. We were, are and always will be befriended by the Savior if we heed His voice and follow where the Good Shepherd leads.

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  2. Helen Munro

    lovely Mandy just so suitable

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