By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

I remember the concerned Surgeon holding the heart x-ray films of my dad up to the light  pointing at the obvious blockage in four arteries preventing healthy blood flow to his heart.
"We need to do something about this now," he said, tapping the film, "Your dad needs a quadruple bypass, his heart is a mess and the blockage is severe.
The surgery is going to be complicated, serious, and life-threatening but we have no other options. I'd like to "go in" first thing tomorrow morning."
Events turned and our lives turned with the knowledge of new unforseen facts.
My father signed released papers, began heart prep, and underwent open heart surgery within 24 hours of his arrival to the waiting room.
Thankfully, the surgery was a success and the heart that needed repair found it ... under the skilled, dedicated care, and watchful eye of the wise Surgeon.
Could there be a better illustration, I wonder, of sin and redemption at work simultaneously?
Sin creates blockage in the arteries of the heart and prevents healthy blood flow from occuring. The x-ray of God's word is held up, beside sin's corrosive condition, and decisions must be made accordingly.
We each, of necessity, must make our own.
One reality is sure: Heart conditions don't go away of their own accord or by turning our heads the other way.
Sin requires open heart surgery.
The individual with a corroded heart must sign the release form of confession and submit themselves entirely to the care of the great Physician.
What God does on that table, alone with the individual behind closed doors, only He knows.
But it is wondrously, beautifully, seriously life-changing.
One noteable distinction should be made between a human heart Surgeon and the great Physician:
His Son's life was given and His Son's blood was shed ... for this very moment;
It doesn't work most of the time; it works all of the time.
No life is beyond repair and no sin is too great.
It is Christ and Christ alone.
Believe in Him.
Once the surgery is complete, continue to look to Christ for your follow-up care:
He will provide you with everything you need for life and godliness.
A clean heart provides a new start.
Enjoy and discover the new life that God has prepared you for.
Live again ...
"To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
Ephesians 1:6-7