The Big ‘C’ Word

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The big ‘C’ word that puts fear into the heart when the doctor makes his diagnosis has been a prominent intruder into our family. My granddaughter died of this dread disease. My mother and eight of my twelve siblings, have all died of cancer. I, one of the remaining three, have had surgery for removal of my bladder, kidney and half of one lung.

Those who have experienced a bout of cancer know the ever-present thought, “When or will it ever come back?” As yet, there is no known cure. We are merely called survivors.

Although I know what it is to anticipate a serious surgical procedure, I have been able to face it without fear for I know a few more ‘C’ words that can bring confidence and peace.

Over sixty years ago, I was convicted of my sin and realized that in God’s sight I was “condemned already” (John 3:18). When I confessed that I was a sinner, I received the cure for my sin: I was converted and received the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) that the Lord promised in John 14:16. I am a Christian, and because of my new birth I can put my confidence in God’s Word. From a spiritual point of view, I am not merely a survivor, but a new creation, for “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). I now look forward to His return when He will change my mortal body to one of immortality.

I did not have to pay for any of these medical procedures, for they were paid by the Canadian medical system. When  the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross at the place called Calvary, He completed the work of my redemption and paid the cost of my salvation. He was buried, but His body saw no corruption, for He was raised from the dead on the third day and was taken up into Heaven (Acts 1:9).

I don’t know how long I will survive, but if I die, I have the certainty that I will be absent from the body and present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). But I also have the blessed hope that I may never experience physical death, for when He went away, the Lord Jesus promised that He would return. Those who have received Him as their Saviour will be “caught up. . .to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

If the ‘C’ word comes into your life, would you have the comfort of knowing that you have an eternal home waiting for you in Heaven?

Sandy Smith

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