It’s a word that sounds… uncomfortable!
It’s one of the words with which we have become more familiar in the pandemic, along with ‘social distancing’ and ‘quarantine’ and ‘corona virus.’
Comorbidity, basically, is the term used for preexisting conditions, ones that increase the chance of death in combination with another disease.
We have been warned – frequently – that in this pandemic it also includes age!
As human being we understand that after a certain age we do have increased chances of death because that’s the way it is with human beings! In fact we recognize that to be true across all species.
You’re born; you live; you get old; you die. Dog, cat, horse, fish, bird, homo sapiens.
Wow. That’s encouraging. NO!! It’s not!!
It tends to be quite a downer! But there is a “comorbidity” that effects only humans, and it really has nothing to do with age, or physical disease, or race, or any of that stuff.
It’s called SIN. And it’s the spiritual comorbidity of the entire human race. It’s the preexisting condition we all are born with, and there’s only one cure.
The writer of Hebrews said in Chapter 9: “27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
The death ratio for humans is 1:1. That is physical death. We never die in the spiritual sense, that is, our souls will live forever.
John the Revelator wrote: (Revelation 20)
13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to what they had done.
14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
What they had done means this: Anyone who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and believed in their heart that HE IS the Son of God, born of a virgin, died on a cross, and raised from the dead, their name will not be written in the Book of Life.
The second death is much, much worse than the first death.
In instructing His disciples as He sent them out, Jesus said:
27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
Don’t let sin be the comorbidity in your spiritual life. Give your entire life to Jesus, and commit all your ways to Him. Resist the devil. Stand strong and be of good courage. Keep the faith. Be encouraged. God’s Word never fails. Jesus will never forsake you.