Saturday, September 10, 2016

They Sacrificed For You

They Sacrificed For You

Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

There is a lot of well deserved focus today
on the self-sacrifice of many who give
of their time, efforts and sometimes their life
in service to us and our country.

I will name a few,
but will probably miss many others.

We have the fire fighters,
the first responders,
police, the prison guards,

the military, the teachers,
 the ministers and their wives,
the health care workers,
the missionaries
and so many, many others.

When we see a story or a video about someone
who has been killed in service to others,
we are saddened and feel great compassion
for their families and those who have
been hurt by what has happened.

I truly applaud all of those who are willing
to sacrifice even their life for my protection
or to make my day-to-day life better.

Sacrifice takes great courage and strength.

Many of these whose chosen career
includes the risk of death,
and even though they are willing
to face that to protect us,
did not ask to die in the line of duty.

Often those they serve hate them
or rebel against them,
yet they continue serving faithfully
in spite of the hostility shown them.

But there is one who was willing
 to come to the earth from His heavenly home,
for the sole purpose of dying a brutal death 
for us because of our sin. 

How can we ever thank Him enough.

He knew He would face hatred and hostility
and finally die on the cross.

But He left heaven with the
only purpose in mind,
to be the sacrifice for our sins,
so that we could be with Him 
in heaven when we die.

I can’t even comprehend that kind of love.

While our fellow friends and those we do not know,
are willing to lay their life on the line for us,
Jesus was born solely for that reason.

He longs for our love and service.
How grateful we should be and 
answer His loving call.

For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:16-17

1 comment:

  1. My sweet friend, what a well-written post! Your words touched my heart in a mighty way. I, too, am thankful for the men and women who are willing to serve our country, who are willing to do all it takes to preserve our nation...they do indeed have integrity.

    But to think of our precious Savior coming to earth to sacrifice Himself for us - the sins of the enitre world -wow, what a gift! There is no greater love than the love our Lord has for each one of us. Thank you so much for sharing, dear friend.

    And thank you for the many lovely visits to my blog - you are a blessing! Love and hugs!