The Greatest Sacrifice
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
Philippians 2:5-9 NIV
The story is told of a young boy named Timothy whose sister was sick. She suffered from an ailment Timothy once had but overcame. The doctor explained to the parents that their daughter’s sickness had progressed further than Timothy’s, and they held little hope for her recovery. Her only chance for survival would be if she could get a blood transfusion.
The young girl shared a rare blood type with her brother, and because he had overcome the same sickness and had immunities to it, he was the ideal donor. His parents agreed to use a blood transfusion from Timothy.
The doctor asked, “Would you give your blood to help save your sister?” At first, Timothy hesitated. His chin began to quiver as he fought back the tears. Then with a solemn strength, he said, “Yes, I’ll do it.”
They wheeled both children into the transfusion room and inserted the needles. Timothy watched quietly as the blood flowed out of his arm and into the tubes. He finally asked, “Doctor, when do I die?”
That’s when the doctor realized Timothy thought giving his blood for his sister meant he would have to give all his blood. Timothy was willingly offering the greatest sacrifice out of love for his sister.
That story is not true. But that is what Jesus did for us. He actually gave His blood so we could live. He did die. He did suffer. He was humiliated, cursed, beaten, and spit on—all for you and me.
We have life because of Jesus’ death.
Lord Jesus, thanks for giving your life for me. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for giving me life. May I live today in a way that honors Your sacrifice.
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