I heard it again last week. Another family member “lost their battle with cancer.” The same was said of my sister, my pastor’s daughter, and dozens of others. I’m sure you know many as well.
We all understand what is meant by those words – someone has died after fighting cancer for a season. But as I sat in the pew during a recent funeral in which yet another loved one had “lost their battle with cancer,” I was hit with an entirely new perspective. In this case, the deceased was a known believer in Christ; and when that’s the reality, then death is not a defeat, but a victory. Therefore, I will no longer say, “Charlie (or other believer’s name) lost their battle against cancer.” Instead, I will claim that “cancer lost its battle to Charlie and to Christ!”
I once heard a Bible teacher state that God always delivers His children. Sometimes He delivers us FROM the trial, meaning He protects us from ever encountering it. Sometimes He delivers us THROUGH the trial, seeing us through to the other side. But, sometimes He delivers us BY the trial, using the trial to ultimately deliver us to His side in eternity.
When a Christian is ushered into the presence of their Savior, they have not lost anything. Instead, it is the fallen world that has finally lost its grip on them. Thanks be to God! –Dave
“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:54-55)
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