I am not yet healed of the radiation burn on the duodenum. But I have no doubt that I’d be dead if it were not for the cyber-knife which terminated the mother tumor on the pancreas. My ankles and feet are swollen and we are seeing some swelling of the abdomen which might mean the cancer is getting started in the intestines as well. It makes me appreciate the comment about God’s help for Old Testament Israel in their 40-year march, “Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years” (Deuteronomy 8:4). Each day is such a privilege in serving Christ.
Christ is so outstanding, prominent, preeminent, incomparable, and worthy. Philip Schaff (1819 – 1893) spoke of Christ so well: “His zeal never degenerated into passion or rashness, nor his constancy into obstinacy, nor his benevolence into weakness, nor his tenderness into sentimentality. He is justly compared with the lion in strength, and with the lamb in meekness. He was the most effective and yet the least noisy, the most radical and yet the most conservative, calm, and patient, of all reformers. He came to fulfill every letter of the old law, yet he made all things new. And yet this Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, he shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, he spoke words of life such as never were spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he has set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and sweet songs of praise, than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.” In the end, all creation cries, “Worthy is the Lamb” (Revelation 5:12). For us here and now, the call is death to self and all to Christ. He is worthy, worthy of our all. We will be ashamed of anything less.