Now it came to pass in those days a strange contagion descended upon a great city. Said to be brought from a far country by one person, at first only a few were affected, mostly the poor and common folk. But as the days passed, many more came under its sway. Those who were infected acted in ways most strange, with many a peculiar manifestation in thought, word and deed. And lo, great fear and trembling gripped the multitudes, and they were sore afraid.
So a decree went forth from the Center for Control that all the people, including those who were great with child, should flee the contamination zone. Even so, the virus continued to spread. From a select few it multiplied to a great multitude, even as the leaders of the people tried to eradicate it. Verily, the primary means of transmission was from one person to another, although from time to time large crowds were infected all at once.
“Alas,” cried the leaders of the people. “This thing has gone viral. If we don’t do something soon, the whole world will be contaminated!” And they sought to exterminate those who were infected – for the greater good of all, of course.
Therefore those who were rumored to be carriers were ostracized, quarantined, persecuted and cast out into the outer darkness. Even so, in the fullness of time the virus spread throughout the city and beyond, even unto the uttermost parts of the earth. None were immune to its power, as men and women, rich and poor, Jew and Gentile came under its sway. And all the people were filled with awe at those things which had come to pass.
And that, friends, is how the Gospel of Jesus Christ began, and how it turned into the greatest, most important, most powerful, life-transforming, world-changing force this planet has ever experienced. It began with one Person, spread to a small, insignificant few, and from there continued to grow and “infect” hundreds, then thousands, then millions and ultimately 2.2 billion people today … and expanding still. It is still primarily spread from person to person, although at times it may be transmitted to large groups all at once.
I am happy to say I work in one contagion area (my church), and I know of several other hot zones throughout Miami and beyond. If you’re interested in being exposed to the life-changing message of the good news of God’s love for broken men, women and young people, you are hereby invited to enter in any time. And once you get this virus, you’re cured.
What – did you think I was talking about Zika?