A Small Cause and a Far-Reaching Result

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Not many years ago a scientist in Massachusetts imported to the United States some caterpillars
that interested him. He kept them in a bottle.
One day the bottle tipped over, and some of the caterpillars escaped. Unnoticed, they made their way into the garden, and in due time stocked it with gypsy moths. These moths became a plague, and the swarms produced by them have done millions of dollars of damage to the woods and orchards of New England.
How far-reaching are the results of some acts, insignificant in themselves! The tipping over of the bottle was a trivial incident, but thence resulted all the damage done by the insect pests.
People sometimes speak as if the original sin of Eve in the Garden of Eden had been a trifling matter. "Merely the eating of a piece of fruit," they call it. But from that act all the trouble in the world has resulted. Think of the wars, the crimes, the cruelties, the diseases, the loathsome vices that have filled and polluted the world. All the consequences, of that one sin! Death, too, the king of terrors, is "the wages of sin."
But after death comes the judgment; and this not because of what Adam or Eve did but because of what men themselves have done. Men will be judged, not because Adam was a sinner, but because they are sinners; not because their first parents fell into disobedience, but because they have followed in their steps and have loved sin and practiced it.
Thank God, though there is no remedy for all the calamity that sin has brought upon the world, save God's own intervention in power (which He will bring to pass when Christ comes to earth to reign in righteousness), there is a remedy, a grand and complete remedy, for the individual sinner. He may get rid of the burden of his guilt through Christ's precious blood.
"By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Rom. 5:1212Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Romans 5:12).
Their Future is Safe?
Perhaps you have seen the above words on a billboard in your town, and a picture of a mother with her child in her arms. The advertisement tries to impress the reader that if the father is taken suddenly, they are provided for, and that they are happy because they know "their future is safe."
But for how long? Are we wise if we only look ahead for a few short years? What about eternity? Your days are passing quickly, and, life insurance or no life insurance, you are passing into eternity. Are you neglecting your real future by being so engrossed with the present? Remember that God calls a man a fool who is not "rich toward God" for eternity.
What can make my future—your future—safe? This: "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich." 2 Cor. 8:99For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Think—make yourself think—"Soon I must leave here!" Into eternity you must go. To make your future safe the holy Son of God left His home in glory and came into this scene of sin and sorrow. He had no place to lay His head, and finally He was nailed to a cross and laid in a borrowed tomb. To make your future safe He suffered, and bled, and died.
Now, if you will come to Him as a needy one, a helpless one, and trust His precious blood, your sins will all be "blotted out" (Isa. 44:2222I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. (Isaiah 44:22)), forgiven" (1 John 2:1212I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. (1 John 2:12)), and remembered "no more" (Heb. 10:1717And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:17)). Trust that blood now, just as you are, and then "your future will be safe" and you will know it is so from God's own Word, for Jesus says, "I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand." John 10:2828And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:28).
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:1313These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)