In the past year, my body has been through quite a lot. It all began with an initial mammogram and ultrasound to a biopsy to an insertion of wires to a surgery and then on to radiation. I had 30 radiation treatments last year. Recently, I underwent another biopsy as indeterminate tissue was discovered during a follow-up. Thankfully, the indeterminate tissue was dead tissue; killed by the radiation treatments. However, the second biopsy was not fun and caused me to develop a not-so-fun infection. Healing from that took about five weeks.
As this whole deal has gone down, definite changes have occurred to my body. My body is not the same after finishing with my surgery, treatments and biopsies. What has just happened to my body is not the same thing as growing older and accepting the changes associated with age. The changes have come with the sole purpose of extending my life on earth.
As I read my ‘soul’ verses this morning, I was struck by these three words, “in his body.”
The body of Jesus also experienced some drastic changes to his body during his last hours on earth. However, the purpose of these body changes was not to extend his life on earth. The body of my Savior was offered up so that my life and yours would be saved and made whole.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:24-25 NIV
Jesus Christ, my Savior, took my sins in his body on the cross. Do you know what that means to me today? This means that Jesus Christ, my Savior, took my cancer in his body.
My cancer. Mine.
Cancer was not part of God’s creation. Cancer resulted from the fall of man and with the introduction of sin and disease.
When Jesus bore our sins in his body on the cross, he took in every sin committed and every disease mankind has experienced on earth. He did it for me. He did it for you. He did it for all of us. He did it so that we would turn from our sinful desires and ways and die to them. His death and resurrection were not for the benefit of our physical being. He took every sin and disease into his body so that our spiritual being, the essence of our soul, would live; forever. It was through every wound that his body bore, that we are ultimately and completely healed.
Through the bodily wounds of Jesus Christ, we are ultimately and completely healed and made whole.
Jesus Christ, my Savior, took my cancer into his body so that I would die to myself and live for righteouness. His suffering and sacrifice was not for himself, but for me.
In His body, Jesus Christ took my doubts, my deceit, my impatience, my frustrations, my pride, all of my sins and all of my diseases. He took it all not just upon himself, but in himself. Friend, he did the same for you.
In His body, my Savior, identifies and understands where I am today with my cancer journey. So much so that he serves as the Overseer and Shepherd of my soul and guides me onwards upon His pathway of joy, love, mercy, grace and righteousness towards the Kingdom of God.
Yes, my body has been through quite a bit in the past month and a half. Yet, this is nothing, absolutely nothing in comparison with what my Savior did for me in his body on the cross.
In His body, my Savior chose to identify with me and save me.