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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Wasps of the Sea

By Christina Quick
Oct. 31, 2010

What's brainless, nearly invisible and very dangerous? It’s the box jellyfish, one of the most venomous creatures on earth.

Box jellyfish live in the coastal waters of Australia and some parts of Asia. These ocean animals aren’t true jellyfish, but they do have some things in common with jellies. Like jellyfish, they manage to live without brains. They have stinging tentacles. And they are clear or pale blue, making them hard to see in the water.

Unlike true jellyfish, box jellies don’t just float around. They’re able to propel themselves through the water. They also have eyes, though scientists wonder how these brainless animals process what they see. They have square bodies and tentacles that can grow as long as 10 feet. Another thing that sets box jellyfish apart from most jellies is that their sting is much more powerful.

During seasons when box jellyfish are known to come close to shore, swimmers are warned to watch out for them. An encounter with a box jelly can be very serious. These animals cause more problems for Australians than venomous snakes, sharks and saltwater crocodiles. Because of their painful stings, they are sometimes called sea wasps or marine stingers.

Hospitals in areas where box jellyfish are found carry medicines that fight the effects of the venom. Treatment must be given quickly to help the victim recover.

The box jellyfish packs an awful sting. But the Bible describes a kind of sting that’s much worse.

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:56,57).

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, they could no longer live forever. Their sin was like a venomous sting that separated them from God and brought death and sadness into the world.

Since that time, every person has sinned by disobeying God’s commands. When we lie, disobey our parents, hurt someone or behave selfishly, that’s sin. We know it is sin because God’s Law in the Bible tells us so. But there’s good news. Jesus has a remedy for the sting of death. He came to earth and lived a life without sin. Then He died on the cross for us.

Jesus took the punishment for our sin so we can be free from the effects of sin and death. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He forgives our sins. Jesus removes death’s sting and gives us life that never ends!

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