Where is your sting?

I began this post almost a year ago and so I have decided to start it over yet with the same topic in mind.

Since October 4, 2006 I have lost 2 mothers to cancer.  My biological mother first on that fateful day followed by my step-mother less than 4 years later.  My mother-in-law has had at least 2 bouts with cancer and is currently undergoing treatments.  Like most who have experienced, or are still experiencing, cancer it is this terrible reality that was far off until it touched our lives.  I think in some ways it can honestly be likened to the wars and conflicts of recent years (Bosnia/Serbia, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.).  We know these things exist, we know they are terrible, but without having some personal contact with the situation, we don’t truly feel the impact.  Things are different now.

Am I angry?  Yes.  Am I furious?  Sometimes, most definitely.  Do I desire justice?  All the time.  Do I long for rescue from it?  Almost more than anything.  Do I hold God responsible?  No.  I hold me responsible.

Yes that’s right, I’m the one responsible for the horrible things that have happened to my mothers.  I am responsible for what is happening to my mother-in-law.  I am part of the problem that has existed since almost the beginning.  I have sinned, and with that comes death, decay, and corruption.  It started back with Adam.  It has continued with every person since then, save One.  And thankfully, that One was the solution to the problem.  Jesus lived a perfect life, died an innocent man so that He could take on the sins of me and everyone else in history, rose again three days later victorious over sin and death, and offers me eternal life free of charge.  Eternal life free from pain, sickness, death, decay, and corruption.  Life free from cancer and all that emotional and physical damage it creates.

Death is defeated for those who believe in Jesus alone for eternal life.

When this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility,
and this mortal is clothed with immortality,
then the saying that is written will take place:

Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?
Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sini is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victoryk through our Lord Jesus Christ!

I have hope in Christ that can and will see me through these tough times and the ones that may come.  Why?  Because I have the victory!