In 2007 my mother was diagnosed with a Stage 4 return of breast cancer, she had battled it before in 1999. It was a shot in the gut. 2 weeks ago I got to baptize my mom at the grand opening service at Redemption Church the church I have led out the planting of, it was a joyful, tear-filled and beautiful day. Today the doctors have told my mother that they are out of treatments and that the cancer cannot be stopped, another shot in the gut.
But while the doctors have run out of options, we haven’t. You see in that moment of joy a couple weeks ago we got to see an outward symbol to an inward reality. The reality that my mother has been saved by Jesus. She has been brought out of death and into life by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This gives us hope when doctors see none. This gives us life while cancer rages.
Do we pray for my mother to be miraculously physically healed? YES! Constantly, I am praying for God to do what the world sees as impossible and I ask you do the same for her. However that is not our final hope, that is not what we cling to. We cling to Jesus. We cling to the Truth that we are sinners, rebels, not good people, and guilty before a Holy, Just and Righteous God who is also Loving, Merciful and Near. God the Father knowing that we were guilty and hopeless on our own, that we couldn’t “make up” for our sin, because we are sinners, it’s who we are. Knowing this He sent His Son Jesus. Jesus came willingly, God in flesh, lived the perfect and obedient life we were called to live but cannot and won’t, then out of love for the Father and for us, gave Himself up for us on the cross, was butchered, felt the wrath of God for our sins and died. God died. Then in the tomb three days later rose back to life, showing He was who he said he was, and could do what he said he could. He now sits at the right hand of the Father, He is King. Through that we have life, His life, we have love, His love, we have faith, His Spirit Living in us. This is what we cling to, Jesus. We deserve hell, we get grace. We deserve wrath, we get forgiveness. We deserve despair, we get hope. He is our Hope. He is our Life. He is our Joy. He is our Anchor. He is our Healer.
It can be easy to say, “Jesus where are you for my mom?” but when that thought comes His grace focuses my heart on the cross where I see Grace upon Grace pour over my family.
Jesus calmed storms, healed, and cast out demons, all with just a word. I have no doubt He will do the same for my mom. Whether it is here or on the other side of eternity, one day He will look at the cancer in my mom and say “Be gone” and it will flee before the King. There have been tears today. We will enjoy the time we have together (as we should everyday for none of us are promised our next breath), but oh, we will anticipate Glory to come, that will truly make all this seem but a blink.
For the doctors they are out of options, for us, we are far from it! You see, in the end, Jesus wins, Cancer loses!
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
(Romans 8:18 ESV)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:31-39 ESV)