It seems the solution to our trouble may be in the trouble itself. For instance to keep from getting the flu you get a shot with a small amount of the flu virus in it. When there are huge forest fires sometimes firefighters will set smaller fires, on purpose, in order to prevent the larger fire from spreading. Fire can’t burn where the earth has already been scorched. The final example and the one I want to focus on is a snake bite. If you get bit by a poisonous snake the only cure is to get anti-venom. You guessed it; the anti-venom is made from the venom of the snake itself. It’s what you might call a healthy dose of Hell.
After spending a short amount of time reading up on anti-venom I ran across some amazing information. Of course anti-venom is created by taking the venom of the specific snake, diluting it and injecting it into a host animal such as a horse, sheep or goat. The host animal goes through an immune response to the venom which produces antibodies against the venom’s active molecule which is then harvested from the animal’s blood and used to treat the one bitten.
The principle of anti-venom is based on that of vaccines. However, instead of inducing immunity in the patient directly, it is induced in a host animal and the hyperimmunized serum is transfused into the patient. For those of you that don’t know what “hyperimmunized” means don’t feel bad I had to look it up too. The word hyperimmune means “Having a greater-than-normal immunity because of an unusual abundance of antibodies.”
Just so I’m making myself clear let me just say this. The Bible tells us when Adam sinned we all sinned, or in other words, we were all infected. The good news is that through the cross, by faith, we are crucified, buried and raised again in Christ. In 2nd Corinthians we read “He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus became our host who took in the venom in order to produce the antibodies in his blood. We have been “hyperimmunized” from sin which means through the blood of Jesus we have a greater-than-normal immunity!
When Jesus was speaking with Nicodemus in John 3 he told him “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.” If you remember the story the Children of Israel were grumbling so God sent fiery serpents among them and they bit them and many died. What I wanted you to notice though is the way God provided a cure for their snakebite. “And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard (pole); and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.”
Mankind has been bitten by the serpent and God has provided the cure. He made his only begotten Son to be what fallen man became. Man has been bitten by that old serpent; and the sinless Jesus Christ had to take in the poison in order to provide the anti-venom for all that will look to him and put their trust in the work he has done on the cross.
Written by Louie