Surgeon and Pathologist (Acts 22:16)

A frozen section gives as close to a real time diagnosis of what is happening in the patient. No other procedure or test in medicine can render such a rapid and definitive diagnosis. The surgeon will take an intraoperative biopsy of the diseased tissue. In some cases, he may be unsure if what he is dealing with is cancerous. In other cases, he may know the diagnosis is cancer but wants to make sure he has completely removed the tumor and submits margins of the surrounding tissue. It is the most demanding task of a surgical pathologist since an entire surgical procedure may hinge upon the diagnosis that is rendered. 

With an experienced surgical pathologist, a definitive diagnosis can usually be rendered within 10 minutes. However, it is also limited by the skill of the surgeon who needs to correctly sample the diseased tissue. If the wrong section is submitted to the surgical pathologist, a diagnosis may be given that is not representative of the patient’s disease. Thus, a successful frozen section requires two physicians-a skilled surgeon and pathologist. There is no surgeon who is able to perform the biopsy, correctly diagnose it under the microscope, and then completely remove the tissue… or is there?

With the precision of a master surgeon and diagnostic expertise of a surgical pathologist, God is able to correctly identify the disease of sin in our lives, completely remove it, and preserve our life, all in the same moment. The Apostle Paul experienced this. As a devout Pharisee, Saul, as he was known then, hunted down Christians as blasphemers and heretics. God had other plans for him. On the road to Damascus, Jesus Christ intervened in Saul’s life and performed the most precision surgery upon him. He removed the sin that blinded him from seeing the truth that Jesus Christ was the Messiah and His resurrected Lord and Savior. God did this while preserving all of Saul’s great knowledge and experience of being a great Jewish leader and scholar. He preserved the passion that Saul had for God while freeing him from the chains of sin. God challenged Saul to allow Him to complete the surgery. 

What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.

Acts 22:16 (NLT)

Saul, the learned Pharisee, accepted God’s challenge and became the Apostle Paul, the greatest missionary and evangelist for Jesus Christ. His sin of ignorance and blindness to the Truth of Jesus Christ was removed. His zeal and passion for God remained and his prodigious knowledge of the scriptures was preserved. 

What are you waiting for? All you need to do is confess and repent of your sins and call upon Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. He is the Great Physician. Only He is able to correctly identify all the deadly sin in your life, completely remove it, and preserve the best part of your soul.

Amen!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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