Everyone hates the C word. There is apprehension and fear when one hears a diagnosis of cancer. It usually means lengthy and painful treatments. A person wants to seek the best medical option that is currently available. The value of the treatment is in proportion to the seriousness of the disease. We have learned how serious this disease is, and so seek the best treatment possible. Now to my spiritual parallel. I am thinking of people’s attitude toward our Lord Jesus. We have a serious, in fact terminal, disease called sin. “All have sinned,” Paul tells us, “and fall short of the glory of God”.(Romans 3:23) The Christian faith declares that because of our sin we are lost, condemned, and separated from God. We deserve eternal death. Yet Jesus took the penalty for our sins in His own body, dying in our place, and giving us as a free and unearned gift His perfect righteousness before God. We have salvation and life through faith in Jesus Christ. The problem is that too many today minimize the seriousness of sin. In so doing they minimize the value of the Saviour. He becomes only a great moral teacher, and a perfect example of love. Think about the disease. One far more serious than cancer. And humbly bow in worship of our gracious Lord.
Repentance is healing surgery. When someone is operated on for cancer, we want to hear the surgeon say, “We got it all.” There is the concern that if a little is left it can spread again. Sin is the cancer of the soul. Repentance is the healing knife. When one repents, he is first aware of the seriousness of a problem. He has to acknowledge that this sin, even if he think it is small, is separation from God, and leading to death. He must humbly submit himself in repentance before the cross. When it is treated as “not so bad …. many people do worse thing …. God is love, He understands … everybody does it,” or any of the other excuses we like to use, the sin cancer remains, and ultimately gets worse. But “if we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) Then God says to us, “We got it all.”
The esteem and honor given to a cure is directly related to the seriousness of the disease. If a scientist were to find a cure for hangnails, so that no one would ever get another hangnail, that would be a rather ho-hum event. If someone where to find a complete cure for all cancer, he would be lauded world wide and given the Nobel prize. The problem with the acceptance of Jesus is that too many don’t see the seriousness of the disease of sin. All people are infected with the disease of sin. We are corrupt to the core and separated from God. The only remedy is the atoning sacrifice of Christ. The Apostle John wrote, “He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for those of the whole world.” (I J.2:2) For those who see the seriousness of sin in their own lives, Jesus is everything, and we worship HIm for the wonder of His grace. Oh, that all might see the seriousness of our disease.