The plague of sin in the world today is evident. You don’t need to take my word for it. Read a newspaper, listen to music or how people talk (using the Lord’s name in vain). We are living in a lawlessness world and it’s worsening daily. As Christians, it’s our mission to not be condemned to the world – a difficult task to say the least. “Do not be conformed to this world.” – Romans 12:2 In this past week’s message, we covered scripture from the Book of Numbers, focusing on the story of a plague that broke out among the children of Israel. The parallels are fascinating. Like today, a plague of sin broke out. Moses and Aaron decided to follow the principle of love your neighbor as yourself. Despite people opposing their leadership, they stepped in to help (something we are called to do today). However, the Israelite community continuously complained against Moses and Aaron. Check out Numbers 46:48: “46 So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from the Lord. The plague has begun.” 47 Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. 48 And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.” What a tremendous act of courage displayed by Aaron! He went where the plague was falling, knowing it could kill him as well. Yet, he ran directly toward it to help people who rejected atonement! As Pastor Keith regularly tells us, Jesus hung out with some messed up people. If you read scripture, you’ll notice that nearly everyone who Jesus associated with was an outcast. You’ll also learn that His relationship with them was not exclusively social. It was redemptive, too. God is searching for people today to stand between the living and the dead. Are you willing to be all God has called you to be? Victory is attainable“Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” -James 4:4 Sin earns a wage – its name is death. There is a plague sweeping our world today that looks insurmountable. Human effort will never be enough to overcome the attack of Satan on the world. Our righteousness deeds, commendable as they are, are not enough, either. No, we overcome by the blood of the Lamb. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11 As children of God, we can be victorious. We are in the same spiritual position as Moses and Aaron with the same choices. We can either run toward a broken world with the Redeemer and stand between the living and the dead and offer the message of Christ to our world – or we can watch the plague sweep across our world. At GLC, we are called to reach people. God is entrusting the work of His kingdom to us, so let’s answer the call and promote life – the abundant life that is only found in Jesus Christ.