10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.
–Acts 4:10, NRSV
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?
–1 Corinthians 6:19
In Acts, we fine that God has power to heal, even to the extent of raising from the dead. He uses Jesus as his media to do this. This verse tells me that I should have hope, that as God acted through Jesus to raise the dead, and defeat sickness, He will work through my team of doctors and helpers (like my wife, she is THE driving force for much of my treatment) to heal me.
I must have hope, that even if I am not cured, that we will discover enough information that will either prepare my children to deal with this in their lifetimes for either themselves, or their offspring, My chief concern is not that I will diminish. It is that if this is a genetic condition passed down through the ages, then my progeny will also be plagued with this evil. That, is my driving force for discovery and why I try to document everything. Maybe, just maybe, it will pay of for them, if not for me. I do have to note that twice, my documentation has resulted in an increase in efficacy of treatment. When I have gotten bad, people read my words and choose an appropriate direction of treatment for which I was the beneficiary of.
Note: I just realized in typing this, if it is Kennedy’s Disease, then my nephew’s have a 50% chance of developing symptoms. I have 6 sisters. They all have boys. My one brother had no children. My oldest nephew is in his early forties, which is when the disease is supposed to start showing its symptoms. The test is coming.
John describes the forthcoming resurrection. I don’t expect to be crucified and taken into Heaven. No, I’m not that arrogant or narcissistic. Close, but not quite. But, in applying it to my life, I am the destroyer, or more appropriately, my bloodline is. It is up to my Holy Father to rebuild this temple. No doubt, it will take a considerable more time period than three days. We are well beyond that. However, grace and glory go to Him working through the teams of people showing me support. Even my wife’s coworker is using her mind trying to find information for me. I am constantly amazed by the support that God’s Angels on Earth are showing me. They come from no where and are every where.
We have good, caring people in this world. Social and traditional media do not show what is truly in people’s hearts. And we do not readily expose it. I wish we did.
God wants us to work together to rebuild His temple on Earth. We have squandered the gifts He has given us. We need to reclaim and refurbish them.
Corinthians utilizes the word “temple” to describe our bodies. I don’t mean to imply we should go organic everything. That would not be realistic, or sustainable. But, we do need to find ways to treat our bodies with respect and keep ourselves clean from the synthetics we are poisoning ourselves with. I can’t stop from wondering what part they have in the genetic mutation that has caused my disease.
Christ is showing me my path. It is evolving one day at a time. I started to write this series as a penitent. My wife says that doing this is giving me growth and she would like me to continue this beyond Lent. I said I didn’t think I could. Writing these passages and applications are difficult. I am exposing what I have inside of me. I have been an internally spiritual person all my life, buried deep within me. Politics, sex and religion are the three things you don’t talk about. Now, I find the desire to write more and more in spiritual terms. Doing so makes my mind go at ease and gives me hope for tomorrow.
Jay C. “Jazzy_J” Theriot