1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
When making their reports, the scientific world generally tries to find a happy balance between good news and bad news.
Recently, Dr. Alexander Kallen, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made a report about a 70-year-old woman from Reno who had died from CRE (carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae). There was no good news in his report. Kallen's dark perspective was echoed by Dr. James Johnson, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. Johnson said, "I think this is the harbinger of future badness to come."
And what has made these MDs into such gloomy-gusses?
Simple: a 70-year-old woman had died from a superbug that shrugged off every legal United States antibiotic. Subsequent testing showed the bug was immune to more than 26 different antibiotics. In other words, this illness doesn't have a cure, which is very bad news for everybody who contracts it.
Now thankfully, this lady, who had first developed a bone infection when she was in India years ago, seems to be the only person to have come down with this particular bacteria. Nobody else seems to be showing any sign of her symptoms.
Heaven help them if whole multitudes of folk start showing symptoms and contract this bad-news bacteria. Heaven is going to have to help them because antibiotics won't.
My friends, 2,000 years ago God's Son came into this world. During His time with us Jesus fulfilled the Laws we had broken, declined every temptation which we find to be so, well, so tempting, and He died our death -- the punishment our many sins had earned.
But Jesus' sacrifice was made a long time ago. Do you think it is possible that, over the centuries, some of our sins have become so big, so strong, that they are now resistant to the forgiveness won by the Savior's shed blood?
When we confess our sins to the Lord, are there some sins which have the ability to shrug off Calvary's sacrifice and leave us frightened and salvation uncertain?
The answer to those questions is simple: no, it is not possible.
Understand, that's not my opinion, that's God's promise. Look at the passage above. "The blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin." It doesn't say some sins, or most sins, or little sins, or common sins. All sins include the very worst that humanity's perversity can devise.
It says that God's forgiveness is complete for the very worst you and I have done.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, there are times when the devil tries to convince me that You are unable to forgive the worst of my transgressions, and those sins are resistant to Your grace,. At such times may I remember the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sins. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
The story upon which this Daily Devotion is based was written by Helen Branswell for STAT on January 12, 2017. The website where the parent article can be found is: www.statnews.com/2017/01/12/nevada-woman-superbug-resistant/0
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries