I lost one more cancer friend. He was only 32 years old. Though he fought so bravely against a very rare type of sarcoma for three years, he couldn’t beat the odds of a very poor prognosis. It was difficult to hear his losing battle, but as a mother of two sons who are almost the same age as him, I felt so much pain of his mother who could not do anything but just watched him suffer and die.
Though the time, cultures, or even values have changed, our sufferings and sorrows have never changed as we face death. Since hundreds or even thousands of years ago, the Bible already has shown many stories about such human cries.
Even Jesus, Son of God, who was born as the son of man, suffered from desertedness, devastation, terror, humiliation, violence, and death. He experienced all the kinds of physical, emotional, and spiritual pains we can imagine. Near the cross there was Mary, who watched helplessly as her dear son was crucified and died in horrible agony.
Whether we are facing death or watching helplessly a beloved one dying, we can relate to Jesus or Mary. The Bible understands our pain, and there is more. Three days after the crucifixion, Jesus resurrected and defeated death!
“The offspring of Eve would strike your (serpent) head.” The prophesy God made at the very beginning of our history, when Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying Him and death as a result came into the world, was fulfilled.
For those who believe Jesus as Christ, death is not the end of the story.
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. “ (John 3:16)
“For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
Without God’s Word, where can I find hope and strength? For me this is the only refuge and fortress.
I hope and pray that the mother, who lost her only son but shares the same faith with me, can get strength in Christ and move on.