“Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely.”
Martin Luther, 1527 – Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague
Abraham and Nicodemus were two very interesting men. They were separated by centuries, but united by one very important thing. Faith. Faith in God and His love. Their stories, given to us in the Bible, show us that God is, in fact, merciful in spite of our own weaknesses. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, so that people, like you and me, might have eternal life and peace.
We do many things to create the illusion that we are okay. Medication helps mask the pain, but there may be something seriously wrong inside. Medication covers our ailments. We distract ourselves from the pain, sorrow, guilt and discomfort of this world by indulging in all kinds of sin and vice. Gambling, drinking, lust, drugs, entertainment... But, there is a true reality. Our sin is serious. It divides us from a loving God, who really wants you. He forgives, renews, and sets free. He did it by taking your sins, your failures, your seriously sick heart and replacing it with the perfection of His Son, Jesus. The reality is, your sins are serious, but God's love for you is even greater.