Like so many expressions, it is an expression which has changed meaning to include things never before imagined. The hot spot used to be a geographical location, specially noted by television meteorologists as having received the dubious distinction of recording the highest temperature of the day. Today a hotspot may refer to anything from internet connectivity to the latest, most intense break-out of the Coronavirus. Both extremes have interesting spiritual parallels.

For example, connectivity has become so important to us that many consider it a necessary essential to everyday life. Still, it is not included in Paul’s list of things with which we should be content (1 Tim. 6:8). Nonetheless, our desire to feel connected has given rise to greater and greater reliance upon various forms of social media. While the pros and cons of such can be tabled for later discussion, it is worthwhile to observe that prayer is our powerful connection to the Father through Jesus Christ. He is our intercessor (Hb. 7:25). He is our mediator (1 Tim. 2:5). And, He is our advocate (1 Jn. 2:1). While the Father has no internet link, e-mail address, or password; His children find instant access with no interruption of service through Jesus Christ. He is our spiritual “hotspot” to the Father (Jn. 14:6).

More recently, we have been warned of potentially dangerous “hotspots” where the Coronavirus is spreading more rapidly than in other places. “Pandemic” derives from “pan”, meaning “all” and “demos”, meaning “people.” A pandemic is a “world-wide” outbreak of disease. Though it is not, strictly speaking, a disease, sin is sometimes described in similar language. Calling our minds back to the beginning of human society, Paul explains the problem of sin, saying, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…” (Rm. 5:12). Again, in Romans 3:23, he says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

There are no protective devices or vaccines which can prevent infection from sin. The result of sin is death—eternal separation from God (Rm. 6:23). It is a problem far worse than any earthly disease. But, there is good news: “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rm. 6:23). His blood contains the antigens that wash away our sins (Acts 22:16). He experienced death for every person (Hb. 2:9). He “bore our sins in His body on the cross…” (1 Pet. 2:24). “In Him we have been redeemed through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which he lavished on us” (Eph. 1:7-8a). United with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord in baptism, we are raised to walk in newness of life (Rm. 6:3-4). Subsequently, as we walk in the light of His word, we enjoy the continuing benefit of spiritual cleansing through His blood (1 Jn. 1:7). Praise God for His indescribable love!

–Glen Elliott–