Cancer. The very word sends chills down the spine. It immediately conjures up the impression of death. It shakes and rattles the very core of the one it strikes. It terrifies their loved ones. It shrinks life and the future to myopic proportions. It consumes days and dreams and delights. It becomes a prison from which escape seems far too elusive. Yet mankind’s God-given ingenuity, inventiveness, intelligence and creativity have pushed back at cancer. Cancer no longer means death for many of the stricken. The cure rate for many types of cancer continues to climb steadily. There are hopes and years and dreams and delights ahead. The doors of the prison can be opened to fullness and freedom.
The cancer that invades our bodies is nothing in comparison to the sin which indwells our total being. Cancer does not come to everyone and it can be cured. Sin does come to all, and does stay, and has a one hundred percent death rate. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a) Sin. The very word should send chills down the spine. It should immediately conjure up the image of death. Yet we trifle with it and play about in it, or ignore it and even deny it. If we reacted to cancer in the same way, the disease would eat us until nothing remained save a corpse. Sin is far worse and much more far-reaching.
Like cancer’s up trending cure rate, there is some good news about sin and its cure. In fact, the cure rate for sin, like the death rate, is one hundred percent. All we need to do is reach out to the Balm of Gilead. Jesus Christ is that balm. And “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:8-9) Those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior are saved from eternal death (the wages of sin) and instead receive eternal life (the gift of God). Those who trifle with sin, play about in sin, ignore sin, deny sin, refuse the only cure for sin ¾ will die forever in sin.
The diagnosis of cancer is cold water in the face. We wake up, sit up, and get up real quick to confront and pursue a cure for this deadly disease. How much more the eternal deadliness of sin should grab our attention. How quick we should be to receive the cure unto eternal life. If you have not done so, will you do so today?