It scared children. It panicked parents. Other than the atomic bomb, it was the number-one fear of the time. Every summer, this stealer of children would come. It was a disease known as polio, and in the early 1950s this disease infected thousands, killing some and maiming others. The whole world was searching for a cure.
Then on April 12, 1955, it was announced that Jonas Salk had developed a vaccine that would prevent the dreaded polio disease. The news said it would work 100 percent of the time! Wow! One man described the country’s feelings by saying, “It was as if a war had ended.”
Can you imagine how cool it would have been to be the one who got to announce that news to the world? This I guarantee: No one forced or guilted him into telling. No one needed to force anyone to tell news that big!
Friends, you have a solution to the gravest problems that this world faces, and his name is Jesus. You have the cure to the terminal illness of sin, and his name is Jesus. You have the peace, comfort, contentment, and joy that the world is searching for; and his name is Jesus. I don’t have to tell you to tell someone. You have Jesus, the answer to what everyone is looking for. The truth is I couldn’t stop you if I tried.
“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’” (John 1:41).