Diluting the Savior
"He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? (Matthew 16:15).
Back in 2001, a Kansas City pharmacist was charged with diluting cancer treatment drugs, Gemzar and Taxol, in order to make a larger profit. Americans were shocked and outraged. Robert Courtney admitted to diluting the drugs over a five-month span. As Michael Owenby observed, "This man held life-saving power in his hands and for the sake of personal gain diluted it to the point where it could not help people. We can do the same with God's life-saving truth."
With life and death implications, Jesus asked his disciples, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? (v. 13). If they presented anything less than the truth, the gospel would be turned into a powerless placebo to dying sinners. This is the worst criminal act in the world!
Peter's bold, clear answer was the pure truth. "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (v. 16). This is the only cure for the cancer of sin. And if we are to save souls and escape heaven's censure from the Almighty Judge, we dare not dilute the Savior!
Holy Father, keep me from ever carelessly or knowingly misrepresenting Jesus, the Son of God, to a sin-sick world. In Jesus' name, Amen.