Resurrection of a Heart
By Roger Stewart
Friday, I was privileged to see something I had never seen before. I saw on a video screen what was tantamount to the resurrection of a human heart. On the screen was a picture of the heart, taken by whatever electronic magic they use to see through skin, bone and tissue. There were veins, and arteries coursing with blood, just like God had made them. I could see the muscle contracting and expanding as it sent the blood on its appointed rounds. But there was one section of the heart barely visible. There weren't very many lines running through it, and it looked pretty bleak, desolate, and inactive. The doctor said this was the section where the blood had been blocked. The doctor fast forwarded through the procedure he used to alleviate the blockage. Suddenly, it was as if a floodgate had been opened, blood rushed through the freshly opened artery down into the part of the heart that had not seen blood in some time. What had been a single, barely visible thread of a line, suddenly became a huge pulsing artery carrying blood to the part of the heart that had only moments before been virtually starved of blood. Then, a little way down the artery, it split into a dozen smaller arteries and then a dozen more. It looked for all the world, like a tree growing before my very eyes. What had been a slender thread of a sapling, suddenly became a giant oak. What had been a dead section of that heart suddenly came to life. It was the most amazing display of medical intervention I had ever witnessed with my own two eyes.
And, that dear ones, got me to thinking. When I was a sinner, I was like that section of heart. I was dead, without hope, without life in this world. Something was preventing me from being the kind of creature that God wanted and planned for me to be.
I was blocking myself off from the magnificent blessings that God had promised me. I was lifeless and devoid of hope. But then, I allowed something to happen that brought me back to life. I took the blockage (self) out of the way and allowed myself to come in contact with the blood of Christ. Guess what happened then? Like that section of the heart, I was brought back to life.
Peter responded to the crowd's request for instruction by telling them they had to repent (remove the blockage) and be baptized (come in contact with the blood) in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. It is through blood-contact we are resurrected to life and forgiveness.
And if we should stumble and fall, we once again cut ourselves off from the blood. Something blocks it. Once again, we have to remove the blockage and come in contact with the blood.
Published May 1996