These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Sin is a lot like the smallpox virus. Hundreds of millions have died over the centuries because of smallpox. The disease spread throughout entire continents because it was very contagious. Breathing the exhaled breath of an infected person caused the disease to spread. Entire countries were affected because there was no cure. During some wars, more soldiers died from smallpox than from combat.

Donald Henderson recorded in The World Book Encyclopedia that in 1796, Edward Jenner developed the first smallpox vaccine. Soon the vaccine spread around the world. In the 1940s, the use of smallpox vaccine completely removed smallpox from Europe and North America. Vaccination teams went through Africa, Asia, and South America in an effort to remove the virus completely from the earth. In 1980, the World Health Organization declared that smallpox had been destroyed. Never again would it plague mankind.

Like the smallpox virus, the first man, Adam, made everyone decrepit. Adam’s sin against God in the Garden of Eden brought disease, pain, and death into the world. But about 4,000 years later, a second Adam made everyone whole who came to Him. His name was Jesus. He is the Antidote for the world’s sin-sickness.

As you struggle with the difficult realities of our sin-infected world, remember there is an Antidote. You may face heartache, depression, health problems, financial emergencies, or fear; but if you are trusting in Jesus Christ for strength and guidance, then the epidemic of your circumstances and feelings cannot control you. When life brings destruction, Christ brings healing. When life brings confusion, Christ brings peace. Keep your eyes on Him today, and you will be safe.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder