“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” – John 5:24
Approximately four months ago, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek made an announcement that his stage 4 pancreatic cancer went into remission. Along with the chemotherapy, the game show host attributed his healing to the prayers made on his behalf.
However, just last week Trebek received some unfortunate news that his cancer had resurfaced and he would need to go through another round of chemotherapy.
Upon hearing the news, the beloved game show host reflected on the inevitable: “I’ve lived a full life, a good life, and I’m nearing the end of that life. I know that,” he said. “I’m not gonna delude myself. If it happens, it happens. Why should I be afraid of that?”
Although Trebek was raised in a Catholic home and has partnered with World Vision, a Christian philanthropic organization, throughout his life, he doesn’t claim to be very spiritual.
When asked about his faith, Trebek said, “I say I’m not [spiritual], my wife says I am without realizing it. I’m sort of spiritual in some ways.”
Despite the lack of details in his response, he is definitely grateful for those who have called out to God for his healing. “I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never ever minimize the value of that,” he said.
Alex Trebek, who celebrated his 79th birthday this summer, knows he won’t live forever. With the new plan of aggressively attacking his cancer in place, he shares his analysis:
“We’ll see if the numbers go down. They can’t keep doing it forever, of course. They’ll have to find a new protocol, or whatever, to administer,” he said. “We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”
In reference to today’s Bible Quote, there is certainly one way that Alex, along with the rest of humanity, can win for all eternity, regardless of his fate here on earth: by believing in the words of Jesus Christ for salvation so that he can “pass from death to life.”
Our prayer is that God would use whatever means necessary to allow Alex the opportunity to hear the words of Jesus and “believe unto eternal life.” Taking part in humanitarian projects, requesting prayer, and being “spiritual in some ways” is not what it takes to secure a place in heaven.
It is only through repentance and a belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf that a person may become the recipient of life everlasting. Yes, pray for physical healing–but more importantly, plead for the renewal of his heart.