“‘Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing. There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you. All your allies have forgotten you; they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy would and punished you as would the cruel, because your guilt is so great and your sins so many. Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure? - Jeremiah 30:12-14
There has been a lot of press over a young woman with an incurable brain tumor that chose to take her own life. Her circumstance is heartbreaking and she must have felt so powerless when receiving her diagnosis. She knew that this disease would kill her, there was nothing she could do to change it. No medical treatment, new diet, or work could save her life. She was dying.
As I read this verse this morning I was struck by the Truth that we are all like Brittany Maynard. We all have an incurable disease. There is absolutely nothing we can do to stop it. We are dying. However, our disease is the same, it is sin. The Bible says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” Ephesians 2:4-5. He chose in His mercy to save us through Jesus. While we were dead in our sin God made a provision to save us and give us Life. His provision is the gift of Jesus.
However, we are not completely without hope. There is One that can change our path from death to life. We cannot cure our disease of sin through of own good works or efforts but we can rest in the redeeming work Christ already did on the cross and put our faith in Him. Through this faith we will be made whole, cured, and forgiven.
While Brittany chose a path that made her feel some sort of empowerment, her result was the same… death. When we release the desire for control and cease striving our result is entirely different… LIFE. Not just a renewed life on Earth but eternal life with God in Heaven. Who will you trust to cure you? There is only one cure for the disease we all have. Jesus.