Sunday, March 31, 2013

I'm serving a life sentence

I’m serving a life sentence.  Two weeks ago the doctor informed me that the cancer that caused removal of my left kidney last July has returned as indicated by new spots of cancer on my liver, in my lungs, and a tumor on my spine at L2.  That explains the lower back and hip pain I’ve been experiencing the last couple of months.

            That’s what the doctor says.  But God….

            God speaks into my spirit a different diagnosis.

            God says: “Because the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me, His Spirit will give life to my mortal body.”  Rom. 8:11.

            God says: “Jesus healed all who were ill to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet ‘He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.”  Matt. 8:16-17.

            God says:  “As many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become the children of God…”   John 1:12

            God says:  “…whoever believes in Him (Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

            Finally God says through apostle Paul:  “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life…nor things to come, nor powers…nor any other created thing (including doctor’s diagnoses) will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Rom. 8:37-39.

            I’m serving a life sentence.  No matter what happens to my physical body, I will continue to live for eternity because Jesus purchased me through His blood.

            None of us knows whether we will survive, physically, another day.  I may live in this body for another month, another year, another twenty-five years.  What matters is that I live for His glory today, tomorrow, this month, this rest of my days on earth—because I am serving a life sentence that will never end.

            He is risen!  HE IS RISEN INDEED!  “…because I live, you will live also.”  Jesus gave us this promise in John 14:19.

            I’m serving a life sentence!  Join me?