|A New Heart|
Have you heard of the word ‘xenotransplantation’? It means ‘the process of grafting or transplanting organs or tissues between members of different species.’ It made the news this week when a 57-year-old man from Baltimore underwent a seven-hour experimental procedure and became the first man in the world to get a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig.
Apparently, there is an organ shortage crisis in the US with more than 100,000 on the waiting list for a transplant, and 17 people dying daily while they wait. This transplant was considered the last hope of saving this man’s life, though it is not yet clear what his long-term chances of survival are.
Humanity also has a heart crisis, but this one is spiritual: ‘…out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.’ Matthew 15:19 NIVUK The only hope is for God to give human beings a new heart, and thankfully that’s what he promises to do: ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’ Ezekiel 36:26
In Jesus we become new creations cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17 with new hearts to love God with all our heart and our neighbour as ourselves, Mark 12:30-31 guaranteeing our survival not just for a few extra years, but forever. Now that’s a transplant worth having.
|In Christian love,|
|Barry Robinson is Regional Pastor for Southern England|
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