They Sacrificed For You
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
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 ministers and their wives,
the health care workers,
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.