The Gospel makes what was toxic alive again!

Posted on March 18, 2015 · Posted in Gospel

Cancer attacks healthy tissue and turns it toxic. Medicine attacks these toxic tissues. The toxic cells are either cut out or they attacked with medicine that is even more toxic. The question is whether the human body can survive the treatment. In my case the recommended course is to fight poison with poison. With a combination of toxic chemicals and targeted radiation the plan is to eliminate the bad and allow healthy cells to grow. This combination of treatment will begin in a few hours.

But, like everyone one else on earth, I have a problem that is far more deadly than cancer. Sin has plagued my body and soul since my birth. There is no medical cure for sin. The only cure is to take that which was deadly, toxic, and destructive and make something new and vibrant in its place. I don’t know what will happen with the cancer. It will leave its marks on my physical body for as long as I remain on earth. However, my larger problem, my sin, has been defeated and replaced with life. The corrupt is gone and a life connected to Christ exists in its place.

Cancer is scary, it should be. But it is nothing compared to the devastation that sin brings. Don’t be focused on things that only impact your body.

The Pharisees couldn’t figure out why Jesus was hanging out with people they thought were losers, sinners and tax collectors. Christ heard their grumbling. In one sentence he put the issue squarely on the table:

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17

Don’t be foolish and measure health the way the world does. Apart from Christ, no one recovers from sin. Life comes to those whom Christ makes new.

Cancer will not keep you from God. Sin, on the other hand, will rob you of all that is precious, all that makes life worth living. Praise God that Jesus came to call sinners to himself.

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Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.