Imagine This…

It’s 5:00. It is a Friday night. You are driving home from work. You have the radio tuned to your favorite station. You are caught in stop and go rush hour traffic. Suddenly the music you like listening to cuts off and an emergency broadcast comes over the air. The man says that in a remote village of India they have found a mysterious deadly virus. How about we just call it the “mystery flu.” They state that it has already claimed 30,000 lives in that remote village of India. You brush it off thinking nothing of it. After all, it is just in a remote village of India – nothing to worry about.

You finally make it home to your wife and son. You sit down at the table and have a nice meal with your wife and son, who is 6 years old. Later on you tuck your son into bed, and you sit down to watch the late news. The commentator on the news says that this mystery flu is spreading out of India, and that is has no longer claimed just 30,000 lives, but it has claimed millions.

You learn that France has shut its borders so that no one can get in or out. But it is too late. The first case of the mystery flu has been detected in Paris, France. As expected, the United Kingdom shuts off its borders. But is it too late. A case of the mystery flu has already been detected. You learn that once a person has been infected with the mystery flu, they have only 24 hours left to live. You wonder if the flu will reach over here to the United States. You think you have time and they will find a vaccine by then, so you decide not to worry. You finally shut off the TV and go to bed.

Early the next morning you wake up and go to church with your wife and son. The pastor opens up the service by saying lets pray about this mystery flu. You then have a beautiful church service, but towards the end, a woman bursts through the back doors of the church and says that the first case of the mystery flu has been detected in New York City. You now are very concerned and worried.

A day goes by and more and more people are being found infected. Then you see on the news a doctor in a white lab coat from Houston, Texas proudly grinning. He says, “I have found a cure for the mystery flu!” Everyone cheers. “But,” he states, “I have to make a vaccine to give to people.” You learn that it takes a healthy person’s blood to make the vaccine. The only problem is that it has to be a perfect match – the exact blood type. They call for nationwide blood testing for everyone.

The next day you go to the local hospital with your wife and son. So many people have now been infected, that the hospital is full. They have made the parking lot into a makeshift hospital. The doctors and nurses are limited. So you park away in a parking lot. You take the walk up to the hospital with your wife and little boy. You stand in the parking lot when a nurse comes up to you and thanks you for coming. She says, “We have not found a match yet, and are still searching. There will be a nurse up here in a few minutes to take your blood and then we will go test it in our lab in the hospital. Please don’t leave until we tell you that you can leave.” You stand waiting for a few minutes. Then a nurse comes up to you and says they have not found a match yet, but are still looking. She then pricks your finger and fills up a tube only a couple inches high. Then does the same to your wife and son.

She then says, “Please don’t leave until we tell you that you can.” Then she runs into the hospital to have the blood tested. You wait for what seems like an eternity. Then all of the sudden, a doctor rushes out of the hospital doors, smiling as big of a smile as he can get. He is hollering a name, but you cannot quite make it out. But as he gets closer, you hear the name and it is the name of your son. Your son’s blood was the exact type, and it was the perfect match.

The doctor walks up to you and says, “Congratulations, your son was the perfect match.” Everyone around cheers. The doctor says they will have to take him into the hospital and get his blood. There is just one thing. The doctor holds up a piece of paper, and says, “You will have to sign this release form; we did not know that the perfect match would be a minor.”

You read over the form, but then reach the bottom before you sign, and notice how many pints of blood would be taken from your son in order to make the proper vaccine. You say, now with tears in your eyes, “Doctor, won’t this kill him?” The doctor then says, “Yes, it will.” You are now crying, thinking about your little boy. The doctor says, “There will be millions upon millions of lives saved by your little boy alone. We really need his blood. The world will be saved by your son.”

You decide to consent to it. Your son has no idea what is going on. He says, “Daddy what is going on? Where are they taking me?” You try as best as you can to comfort your son, but you have no idea how.

They rush your son on a stretcher into the hospital into his own private room, and get things ready to take his blood. You and your wife sit by your son, saying your goodbyes. The doctor then comes in and says, “You will have to say your final goodbyes.” Your son has no idea what is happening.

All of the sudden much too soon, the doctor tells you that you will have to get out. You say goodbye to your son.

But as you turn away, your son says, “Daddy what is going on, why are you leaving, where are you going?” You can hardly turn back. Your son says, “Daddy, why have you forsaken me?”

Then it is quickly over. Your son’s blood is taken, and the vaccine is made. People are given the vaccine and are saved. Millions and millions of people all over the world are saved from this deadly sickness. All saved from one little boy. The world now has a way from becoming infected.

Maybe you don’t realize this, but we are already sick, in fact we are dead in our trespasses and sin. There isn’t anything we can do to save ourselves. Someone has to save us.

Jesus Christ died on the cross for you and the rest of the world. He gave His blood to take away your sin. Alone He saved millions of people all over the globe. And He still has that same saving power to this day.

God gave his Son for you so that you may live. God loves the world and He loves you, so invite Him into your life and be saved from the horrible sickness of sin.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Just a little something to think about.

– Adam Smith

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