The other day, a friend of mine sent me a link to a video about COVID-19 and Vitamin D. In this video, Idaho doctor Ryan Cole tells his audience Vitamin D helps prevent the common cold, COVID-19, and even death. You see, every cell of the human body has receptors for Vitamin D. Every single cell needs one thing, the same thing: Vitamin D. And where does Vitamin D come from? The light that shines on the people of the earth: the sun.
So, what does this have to do with living eternally? Well, Vitamin D, or lack of it, could lead one to death. In the same way, a lack of Jesus will lead us to death, and not one in paradise! He saved us from eternal damnation. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) in heaven except through Him. Jesus, in a sense, is our spiritual Vitamin D! Every cell of our bodies needs Him. Without Him, we cannot enter the gates of heaven someday, as we are sinners. Jesus was the only perfect person to walk the face of the earth. He was sent to this world to teach us about God, how to live, and heaven. He performed miracles, healed the sick, and changed lives. Jesus was and still is the “nutrient” we need for a purpose-filled life and a future with Him in paradise when we die.
Scientists tell us how Vitamin D helps our health. The Bible tells us how Jesus helps our souls. On the last day of His life, Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice, like a Passover lamb, to pay the price for our sins. That selfless act of surrender, the torturous beating that occurred, the painful carrying of the heavy wooden beam, the excruciating suffering of His flesh hanging by nails on the cross, and finally death, is what gave the generations the right to enter the Kingdom of God one day.
How do we get this nutrient, this Jesus-brand of Vitamin D? It’s simple. Look at Romans 10:9-10 in the Bible:
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Confess Jesus is Lord + Believe God raised Him from the dead = Receive Salvation
When Jesus died on the cross, He made our salvation possible. When we accept Him, we are saved from going to Hell. It is as easy as taking a vitamin, like Vitamin D! From then on, the Son of God will continue to shine down on us like the sun in the sky. We absorb the goodness He radiates into every cell of our bodies. This protects us from the evil one until we meet Him for eternal life in heaven!
Now, for some “nerdy” observations:
The etymology of the word “vitamin” is a combination of the Latin “vita” or life and “amine”, which comes from the English term amino acid, a building block of protein. Proteins are essential for life. Amino acids in the right combination can take the place of proteins. This is why my Brazilian husband grew up on a diet of rice and beans every day! Together, the amino acids in the two make up for lack of a true protein. Jesus is like the complete protein…life-giving. We are like the solitary amino acids…not able to have life on our own. Jesus substituted His life for ours. He is the beans scooped over our incomplete meal of rice. Without Him, we would die. With Him we have life!
The type of Vitamin D doctors prescribe is D3. In the case of salvation, the D stands for “death” on the cross for 3 hours, at 3 PM, and He rose from the dead on the third day. Jesus is our personal, life-giving Vitamin D3!