So this thing about staying away from germs can kind of get to a person after awhile.
Take for instance, ordering a takeout meal to be delivered to your door. “Contactless” they claim. The person arrives at the right time, sets your bag and drink down on the porch, rings your doorbell and is on his way.
You take the bag into the house and place it on some paper towels which you’ve laid out on the counter. You take off the outer bag (as suggested) and throw it away in the recycle bin. Then you wash your hands. But wait a minute! Someone had to put the inner boxes in the outer bag. so wouldn’t they be full of germs too? So you put a sandwich bag on your hand and take out the box of food. Then you transfer the food to one of your own plates. But while transferring the food, the box touches your shirt and you forget and momentarily put the “contaminated” box down on the counter. You quickly pick it up and take it out to the garbage and wash your hands again — but wait a minute, now the doorknob is full of germs and you still need to wipe off that drink …
You get the picture. You’ve probably been there.
As I was slowly making my way through one of these germ confiscation processes, I thought about sin. Sin is everywhere we look and there’s no way we can escape. No, I’m not just talking about other people’s sins, but our own.
Take a Sunday morning. We dress in our church best, put a smile on our face and head to our local congregation. We’re determined to be gentle and good and kind and most of all, uncomplaining. But then we get irritated because we have to park so far away from the door (and it’s starting to rain). Then we yell at our kids for stomping through the puddles. Then we see that new lady who wanted to be part of the music team and she couldn’t play any instrument half-decently and everyone rolled their eyes at her. Rather meanly. Then we …
Wait a minute! We aren’t even in the door yet.
Think of the Israelites and their sacrifices,. They brought the spotless lamb to the altar and for one brief second their sins were covered, but already, sins were piling up to be taken care of at the next sacrifice.
Just like we can never, ever get ahead of the germs, so the Israelites could never, ever get ahead of their sin.
Isaiah wrote in 59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before You, And our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And we know our iniquities.
We don’t have a cure for Covid-19, but how thankful we can be that we do have a cure for sin.
Christ, the ultimate sacrifice. Grace.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
The next time you’re fighting with a bag of groceries wondering if you’ve wiped it off well enough and if there are any random germs floating around and which of the bags you should throw away … think about the “cure” God has provided for our sin.
And be thankful. (And talk to your kids about it, too.)