“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation (acceptance), that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15
Ever since Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, there has been a need for the remedy of sin. There have been countless generations that have stemmed from this first family, some of which were completely wiped out due to the wickedness of mankind. God commanded Noah to build an ark to provide a temporary haven from sin’s destruction, but from the beginning of time, God had a master plan. Man needs redemption because sin has created a barrier between man and God.
One night, I received a call from my mom during Freedom That Lasts, and I figured it must be important as she called during our meeting. She told me that my grandma had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. My heart sank and questions flooded my mind. I wanted to know if there was a remedy. I wanted to know if she was in pain. I wanted to know if she was scared, and I wanted to know how much time she had left with us. My mom did not know all these answers, but asked me to pray for her and promised to keep me posted with details as soon as they were available.
We prayed for my grandma in group that night, and I learned that they were going to operate on her to try and remove the cancer. The day came for her surgery and I went to the hospital after work hoping to hear good news. We waited for the surgeon to come back after surgery to give us an update, but he did not give us the news we longed to hear. The cancer had spread so much that it was inoperable. There was really nothing they could do for her at that point, and my grandma fought for her life the next few weeks in the ICU. She recovered from the surgery and was able to come home, but was told she did not have much time left.
My grandma moved in with my mom, and my sister and mom cared for her in the last weeks of her life. We were able to celebrate her 87th birthday and the family gathered for a bittersweet party. My grandma did not have an earthly physical remedy for her cancer, but she did have one for her eternal destination. My grandma has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I know I will see her again in Heaven. The moment she entered into eternity, she was fully and completely healed of her cancer and her faith became sight. I take comfort in this verse as Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners and to provide a remedy for all mankind.
Where are you today friend? Have you accepted the remedy for your sin condition? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or are you simply hoping that your “good” outweighs your “bad”? Jesus Christ, the Son of God, did not come to earth so that you would have to do something in addition to what He has done on the cross, but He has paid the price for your salvation in full. His remedy is full and final, and all we must do is repent of our own way and accept His gift of salvation. Ephesians 2:8 states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Will you accept His remedy today? Will you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? May you turn to Him while there is still time, and not tarry a second longer.
Stay in the fight!