It's the word you hope you'll never hear when you're in your doctor's office - cancer. But recently there's been a beautiful four-letter word that may go with that ugly word. It's the word "cure." The possible breakthroughs have to do with one of the greatest killers of women - breast cancer. But the discoveries may turn out to open up ways to cure other cancers, too. This entirely new approach to fighting cancer - one that has shown promising results in lengthening the lives of terminally ill cancer patients - has been described as "attacking cancer at its genetic roots." The gene is called HER2, and it produces this protein on the surface of cells that ultimately helps accelerate that abnormal growth that becomes cancer. Scientists have now developed a treatment that attacks this genetic malfunction that causes some cancers. One researcher offers hope to millions who have cancer or who may develop cancer when he says, "If we understand what is broken in the malignant cell, we may be able to fix it." They're calling this one of the hottest areas of cancer research. And it makes sense - stop the cancer by stopping its genetic root.
Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today bout "The Cancer Breakthrough."
Now you may be one of the blessed people like me who when you hear about cancer, you can say, "Not me." I wish I could say that about the cancer that infects all of us - the deadliest cancer there is. I guess we might call it heart cancer. It's that spiritual cancer in the human heart that causes so much hurt and guilt and shame, and brokenness. The Bible calls it sin - middle letter: "I." When Pat Riley took over as coach of the New York Knicks some years ago, he said their problem was a disease they all had - "the disease of me." Actually, it's disease we all have.
We were created by God to live life His way. According to the Bible, we've all said, "No. No. Not God's way. My way." That's the root of our deadly spiritual cancer. And it's terminal. No matter how religious or how nice we are, God makes it clear that "the wages of our sin is death" (Romans 6:23) - that's death as in being eternally cut off from God, His life and love.
This is the cancer that devastates our self-respect, our family, the people we love the most - and often hurt the most - our inner peace, our eternity. And like mankind's battle against physical cancer, the battle against this disease of me has been going on for a long time.
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Romans 7:15. "What I want to do, I do not do. But what I hate I do." Sound familiar? That's our losing battle against this dark disease in our heart. The writer of these words is desperate for a cure, and he asks, "Who will rescue me from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24) Just like us, he's found no cure that can get at the root cause of all the dark things that come out of us.
Then comes the announcement of the cancer breakthrough. As this fellow-sinner asks, "who will rescue me?" He answers, "Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!" Jesus has pioneered the cure for this spiritual cancer that has seemed so unstoppable, so incurable. He shed His blood on the cross, absorbed all the sin, all the punishment, and attacked the root causes of the actions and the attitudes we hate - and broke the power of sin by taking all its punishment.
So many people - maybe even people you know - have opened their lives to Jesus and found forgiveness and moral victory that is changing their lives. It can be yours today if you'll tell Jesus you're trusting Him to do that for you. If you're not sure you belong to Jesus Christ, and you'd like to make sure, visit YoursForLife.net.
The disease of me is ravaging spiritual cancer. It's terminal, but the cure is within your reach. The only reason you'd go one more day still dying is if you refuse to reach out to Jesus for the cure.