The good news about Covid-19 vaccines has been met with great excitement and lots of questions. How does it work? When will it be available? When will we get back to normal? As far as I know, no one has asked the two most important questions. How big is the needle? and does it hurt?
I don’t like injections. I faithfully go to the GP every year to have my flu jab, but I never look when they inject me. It’s the same when they test bloods. I just do not want to look. It’s true when my dog is vaccinated too. He had a booster vaccination today, and I was so pleased that due to Covid restrictions I wasn’t allowed into the vet’s surgery, so couldn’t see him being injected. He doesn’t care but I do. I don’t want to watch.
It’s not really what you call suffering, and the Covid-19 vaccine will be a good thing when it happens. I can’t help though, but be reminded of someone who really did suffer and the positive results it brought for mankind. It’s Jesus I’m talking about and the suffering he endured when he was executed by crucifixion. There’s a Bible verse in the Old Testament which says, “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look around and see. Is any suffering like my suffering that was inflicted on me, that the LORD brought on me in the day of his fierce anger?” (1)
This verse was written hundred of years before Jesus was born but it clearly depicts the scene of Jesus crucified looking at those who passed by to see him. No one came to sympathise. Look at this description of the scene, “The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”” (2) The Jewish leaders sneered at Jesus and mocked him while he suffered.
Not only did he suffer but Jesus endured a level of suffering unknown to man before or since. He suffered the intense pain of crucifixion, the worst form of execution ever devised; he was rejected by his own people and even God turned his back on him. That was the worst experience of all. It’s clear from the Bible that God the Father and God the Son (Jesus) had the perfect, loving relationship. The Father loved everything about his Son and all that he did. When Jesus was baptised God the Father’s voice spoke out from heaven, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (3) Yet when Jesus died God the Father, his Father, punished him. The Bible tells us he poured out his wrath on him. He also turned away from him in his time of greatest need.
Why did God turn away? Was he like me with my dog? Of course not. We are told in the Bible that God has a plan of salvation designed to draw men back to himself and free them from sin. The plan involved Jesus suffering and dying for our sins. The Bible says about Jesus, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us.” (4) God hates sin more than anything. He will never allow anything, or anyone, sinful in his presence, but he made Jesus to be sin. Jesus, in taking on our sins, became what God hates most, and God, in his plan to save us, turned away from his suffering Son.
That’s how bad sin is. That’s how far God had to go to free us from sin. That’s how much God loves us. It’s truly remarkable. God is willing to forgive our sins but we must first recognise what he did in sending Jesus to die for us. It is through the sacrifice of Jesus that we find salvation and peace with God. All sins will be forgiven and we can have an eternal relationship with God. This is yours if you want it. Just believe in your heart that Jesus died for you and commit yourself to him. Live for him and enjoy a new found life with him. If a Covid vaccine is good news, this is even better news.
- Lamentations 1:12
- Luke 23:32
- Matthew 3:15
- 2 Corinthians 5:21