The big â€˜Câ€™ word that puts fear intoÂ the heart when the doctor makes hisÂ diagnosis has been a prominent intruderÂ into our family. My granddaughter diedÂ of this dread disease. My mother andÂ eight of my twelve siblings, have all diedÂ of cancer. I, one of the remaining three,Â have had surgery for removal of myÂ bladder, kidney and half of one lung.
Those who have experiencedÂ a bout of cancer know theÂ ever-present thought,Â â€œWhen or will it everÂ come back?â€ AsÂ yet, there is noÂ known cure. WeÂ are merely calledÂ survivors.
Although IÂ know what it is toÂ anticipate a seriousÂ surgical procedure,Â I have been able toÂ face it without fear for IÂ know a few more â€˜Câ€™ wordsÂ that can bring confidence andÂ peace.
Over sixty years ago, I was convictedÂ of my sin and realized that in Godâ€™sÂ sight I was â€œcondemned alreadyâ€Â (John 3:18). When I confessed thatÂ I was a sinner, I received the cure forÂ my sin: I was converted and receivedÂ the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) thatÂ the Lord promised in John 14:16. I amÂ a Christian, and because of my newÂ birth I can put my confidence in Godâ€™sÂ Word. From a spiritual point of view,Â I am not merely a survivor, but a newÂ creation, for â€œif anyone is in Christ, he is aÂ new creationâ€ (2 Corinthians 5:17). I nowÂ look forward to His return when HeÂ will change my mortal body to one ofÂ immortality.
I did not have to pay for any ofÂ these medical procedures, for theyÂ were paid by the CanadianÂ medical system. When Â the Lord Jesus ChristÂ was crucifiedÂ on the cross atÂ the place calledÂ Calvary, HeÂ completedÂ the work of myÂ redemption andÂ paid the cost of myÂ salvation. He wasÂ buried, but His bodyÂ saw no corruption,Â for He was raised from theÂ dead on the third day and wasÂ taken up into Heaven (Acts 1:9).
I donâ€™t know how long I will survive,Â but if I die, I have the certainty thatÂ I will be absent from the body andÂ present with the Lord (2 CorinthiansÂ 5:8). But I also have the blessed hopeÂ that I may never experience physicalÂ death, for when He went away, the LordÂ Jesus promised that He would return.Â Those who have received Him as theirÂ Saviour will be â€œcaught up. . .to meet theÂ Lord in the air. And thus we shall always beÂ with the Lordâ€ (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
If the â€˜Câ€™ word comes into your life,Â would you have the comfort of knowingÂ that you have an eternal home waitingÂ for you in Heaven?
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