|Life-Saving Vaccine - #8423|
|A Life That Matters - Radio Program|
Monday, December 14, 2009
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We think we’ve got problems getting flu vaccine this year! It’s nothing compared with the vaccine crisis they faced about 85 years ago in Nome, Alaska. Cases of diphtheria had been detected, and the only hope of averting an epidemic was vaccine, which was over 600 miles away in Anchorage. They brought it as far as they could by train, but most of the trip would have to be by dog sled. And so began what would come to be called The Race to Nome—known today as the Iditarod Race. A series of dog teams picked up the life-saving relay, and it turned out to be one of the worst winters in years—minus 60 degrees, whiteout conditions. Normally it was a 25-day trip. Those courageous mushers and their teams made it in five and a half days. The epidemic was averted; lives were saved.
I’m Ron Hutchcraft. They had the vaccine. It had to get to the people who would die without it, and those lives depended on people who would do whatever it took to get it to them. So do the lives of the spiritually dying people in each of our personal worlds. The Bible describes people who have never opened their hearts to Jesus, the One who died for their sins, in words like these: “…without hope and without God” (Ephesians 2:12 ); “…being led away to death” (Proverbs 24:11 ); “…shut out from the presence of the Lord” (2 Thessalonians 1:9 ).
We have the vaccine—the Gospel of what Christ did on the cross to pay for their sins. He made the vaccine available at the cost of His life. Is there any fear we have that can excuse us from delivering that vaccine? You’re God’s divinely-positioned deliverer of that vaccine. This mission really is life-or-death.
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