Why do people get sick? Why can’t everyone—myself included—remain well continuously?

After living as long as I have, I’ve seen my share of sickness, although I’ve not been as sick as some. Except for German measles, I escaped all childhood diseases. Fortunately, I bypassed chickenpox, even though everyone else in my middle school class contracted them. Even when both of my children endured them, I came through unscathed.

My life has been hospital and surgery-free except for a bleeding ulcer and a malfunctioning gall bladder. Other than the occasional cold, stomach virus, and sinus infection, I’ve been favored with few illnesses. Even Covid delivered only mild symptoms.

Yet, my body houses no built-in immunity. Like anyone else, I could one day hear the doctor say, “The news isn’t good. You have….”

Heaven is the ultimate cure for every sickness. “He (God) will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:4 NLT).

Since heaven holds the ultimate cure, dying is necessary before we can experience perfect healing. The only other manner of escape would be experiencing Jesus’ return before our death. With the entrance of sin into humanity through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sickness arrived.

All manner of immoral and structural malfunctions afflicts our bodies, as they do the created world. Sin brought spiritual—and eventually physical—death not only for Adam and Eve but also for their progeny.

The good news is that one day God will restore all that sin has stolen. Along with sorrow and crying and death, God will eliminate sickness. He will restore our bodies to God’s original design. No more sin or its effects. God will give all believers a resurrected body, formed and fitted for heaven where all things will be perfect.

Are you looking forward to the place where all sickness is eliminated?

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