I have a loved one in the hospital receiving chemotherapy. She didn’t want to receive this treatment; she was not feeling the effects of her illness. The doctors have prescribed a cure – she must submit to chemotherapy treatments before undergoing a “bone marrow transplant”. The transplant will give her the best chance of survival from a cancer that, though it is in the beginning stages, will eventually turn into a very aggressive form of leukemia.
From my limited understanding, the chemotherapy is to do two things: destroy the diseased cells in her body and weaken her immune system to keep her body from rejecting the donated cells after transplant. Her father is the donor who will provide his stem cells for the transplant; he does not carry the diseased cells.
Our loved one has submitted to the prescription given by the doctors,and now, she is in the fight for New life! Her family is cheering her on!
Recently, the father shared with me the excitement he experienced the moment his cells were transplanted into his precious child, along with the wave of joy that came over him. What a beautiful picture of a father’s love and his provision of what was needed for his sweet child to receive New Life.
Can you imagine the depth of love and joy that our Heavenly Father experienced the moment He provided what was needed for His children to receive New Life? He knew we needed a cure to save us from our sins, so He “sent His Son, Jesus, to take away the sin of the world” (1 John 4:14 (NASB).
Jesus is the cure for our dying souls (Proverbs 14:12 (ESV); Romans 6:23 (ESV)), and His Spirit, like chemotherapy, weakens the hold sin has on us as He begins to destroy our old nature, convict us of sin, and transform us into the likeness of Christ. His Word is our spiritual weapon, “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). We, too, must submit to God’s prescription, put to death our old rebellious nature, and receive His life-giving Spirit.
Can you imagine the complete joy and unfathomable love that is present within the Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – and is realized by His beloved child the moment she says “Yes” to the Gift? New Life provided by the Father, our donor; complete forgiveness of sins made available through the sacrifice of His Son, who does not carry the diseased DNA (2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)); regeneration of our dying souls, and an escort into the Presence and Fellowship of the Triune God by the power of the Holy Spirit – this is the life we were meant to experience!
“See what kind of love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God; and so, we are!” – 1 John 3:1 (ESV)
Won’t you receive the Gift, and “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31 (ESV))!
A multitude of Heavenly Hosts and Believers are cheering you on!