The Wrong Remedy!

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“You have a very sick little girl!" the Doctor said, shaking his head. "However, I had a similar case just a short time ago that I was able to help."
Taking a bottle of medicine from his bag he placed it in the mother’s hand. "This medicine is the only medicine that will help your daughter. You must give it to her during the night exactly as I direct!" Giving the mother very careful directions, the Doctor left with the promise to call the first thing the next morning to see how his little patient was.
The next morning as the Doctor knocked upon the door he was expecting to see the little girl much improved. To his surprise the mother opened the door, sobbing so hard that she could not speak. Without a word she turned and led the way to the little girl’s room.
There upon the bed lay a motionless figure, and the Doctor immediately knew that the girl had died.
For a few moments the Doctor stood with a bowed head. Finally he said to the weeping mother, "I cannot tell you how sorry I am! I was SURE that that medicine would help her, and I fully expected to see her well on the road to recovery this morning. I just cannot understand what happened!"
Dropping his gaze to the stand beside the bed he started as though he could not believe what he saw! There stood his bottle of medicine—UNTOUCHED!
"Oh! Didn’t you understand? Didn’t I make it clear to you that you must give this medicine to your daughter exactly as I told you? That medicine would have saved her life!"
Finally the weeping mother said, "Just after you left yesterday my neighbor came in. She told me her daughter had had the very illness mine seemed to have, and she had found a medicine that had helped wonderfully. So she gave me her medicine, and I have been giving that to my daughter instead of yours all night!"
The Doctor left the house with a heavy heart, for there was nothing that he could say. His remedy had not been taken!
There is a Remedy offered for the sickness of sin. The Great Physician offers today, "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).
Satan would offer many substitutes for God’s remedy, but no substitute will do. Those who take his substitute will find that their sickness of sin will lead to eternal death!
Take God’s Remedy—and LIVE!