For many weeks Terry Fox ran mile after agonising mile on one good leg and an artificial one attached to the stump of a limb lost to cancer three and a half years previously. It was the intention of this determined twenty two year old to run across the North American continent to stimulate public interest in finding a cure for fellow sufferers of the dreadful disease of cancer.
When Terry commenced his run on April 12, 1980 to St. Johns, Newfoundland, he was practically unknown, but as he progressed, enthusiasm increased and the amount of money collected grew. In spite of the pain in his stump, he ran twenty six miles per day for one hundred and forty three days.
Sadly, upon reaching Thunder Bay, Ontario he developed breathing problems and Terry Fox’s personal marathon ended. Cancer had spread to his lungs and he was never able to complete his journey. Since 1981 more than $340 million has been raised through the Terry Fox Run for cancer research.
The outstanding personal sacrifice of this young man brings to mind an infinitely greater sacrifice made for all those who suffer from the universal disease of sin. Terry Fox had to stop short of his goal because of physical limitations.
The wonderful plan of redemption was formulated by God before the world was brought into existence. His plan was not cut short, but the Lord Jesus Christ finished the work God had given Him to do on a cross outside the city of Jerusalem where He died for you and me.
In order for God to righteously forgive sin, the penalty had to be paid by One “who did no sin” 1 Peter 2:22. Because the Lord Jesus had no sin of His own, He was able to bear the punishment for our sin. “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” Romans 10:9.
If the funds provided because of Terry Fox’s endeavour eventually produce a cure for cancer, how foolish a cancer victim would be to refuse that cure. How much more foolish to refuse the remedy for sin when it has been so freely offered without cost to you. A cancer cure might prolong your life here, but the cure for sin will bring eternal life.
Be wise and accept this gift which is freely offered to you. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23. “Behold, now is the day of salvation” 2 Corinthians 6:2.
You can be confident about the future if you walk with God in the present