I have been freshly reminded today of the power and beauty of the gospel. We are all sinners, deserving God's wrath. We daily sin against a holy God, mocking Him and hating Him in our sin. We have nothing on our own to offer God.
But God in His lavish mercy, sent His son to die for us, the very people that hated Him. Because of Jesus' blood, we are considered righteous before our heavenly father. On judgement day, it will not be our friends, our jobs or our riches that gain us access to heaven- it is Jesus alone. His perfect, sinless life is attributed to us.
Jesus saves us even when we are running straight to hell. He turns a heart of stone into a heart of gold. There is no need to prove ourselves to God, or feel like we have to read every chapter of the Bible in order for Him to save us. By His mercy, He gives us the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The struggles of this affliction are pale compared to the glories of the cross. It is the simple yet profound truth of the gospel that gives myself, the Murphys and Ian strength each morning. When we get to heaven, Jesus himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes. Ian will one day be completely healed. His soul is entrusted to Christ. When we focus on that truth, there is no room for fear.