None of us have leprosy. But we are all under a curse of death from a disease that is much
worse. This disease infects you and me and everything on the planet!
It is responsible for harming and killing more people than all other
terrible diseases combined. It affects our relationships with our
friends, our families, and our relationship to God. There is no
man-made cure for our disease. It is one hundred percent fatal all of
the time. The earth decays because of it and every living thing will
die from it. Do you know what this disease is called? The Bible calls our disease "sin." Because
God is holy, he is without sin, and sin makes us
unclean, we cannot be in God's
presence. Therefore, we will die and be separated from God for all of
eternity. Unless we are healed by Jesus, we
will remain unclean and under this terrible curse.
But God did not want this for us. The Bible says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through
Jesus died on the cross to heal us and to forgive us of our sins. The Bible
says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
1 John 1:9. (To confess means to admit or agree with God that you are
Jesus cleanses us from sin and redeems us from eternal death. Jesus reversed the curse
of death by dying on the cross for us.
And just like the man that couldn't keep the good news of his healing
to himself, we too need to tell others what Jesus has done for us.
Now we will finish playing our game. Only this time we will reverse
the curse. The last player to be tagged from our game will now
become the "redeemed" player. Rather than yelling,
"Unclean! Unclean!" that player must yell, "I'm
redeemed! I'm redeemed!" Play proceeds as before until all of the players are redeemed!