In light of Sara’s passing on October 29, 2016, I’m re-posting a few pertinent items—including this one from March 2014.
Did you know Jesus died to cure your cancer? It’s true.
Check out this picture. This is the label on one of my wife’s chemotherapy drugs. It’s toxic. It’s poison. Why would she put poison in her body? Because she needs it to kill a deadly disease.
As Easter approaches and we ponder the death of Jesus, I am thinking again about why such a drastic measure had to be taken. Why did the Son of God have to become a human being, suffer, and die?
Because of cancer. Not the breast cancer that my wife has, which has moved to her brain. Not the cancer of her friends who meet in a cancer support group.
No, you and I belong to a different cancer support group. We all have soul cancer. It’s a deadly disease, with only one cure.
Cancer patients are barraged with advice from family and friends. They are told to start drinking açai berry juice, exercise more, brew funky tea concoctions, eat raw foods, etc.
Tragically, many people die of cancer when they take treatment into their own hands. Trying to avoid the painful side effects of chemotherapy, they experiment with less drastic options.
We seek alternative cures for soul cancer, too. Pleasure, escapism, work, success, obedience, popularity, intellectualism—none of them will do the job.
Other paths of redemption seem attractive, because we want to control our cancer battle. These alternate cures put us in the driver’s seat, and don’t require us to acknowledge this hard truth: Soul cancer is our own fault.
The painful reality is that the deadly disease inside is a result of our sin, our desire to live independent of God. It’s a terminal illness with only one, very drastic, cure: The death of the only perfect person who has ever lived. Only Jesus can win this cancer battle. There’s no other cure for soul cancer.
Here’s the good news: Because Jesus was willing to pay such a high price, because He loved you enough to endure the chemotherapy of the cross, there’s nothing more you can do. It is finished!
Jesus paid for our sin in full. He cures soul cancer! You can do nothing to kill the death in your soul. You cannot add to His treatment. Just receive the life He brings, and celebrate!
Now, maybe you feel tricked by the first sentence. Did you think I was talking about a cure for physical cancer?
Jesus actually cures that, too. Perhaps not here on earth. Maybe cancer will be the very thing that kills your body. You will die of something. But if you embrace Him as the cure for your soul cancer, then you will live eternally—in a body with no disease, no pain, no tears.
It’s not my promise, it’s His. (Rev 21:4; 2 Cor 4:16-17)
Cling to the Christ who died on the Cross for your cancer. There’s no other cure.