(paintings by Indian artist Anjolie Ela Menon)
Life takes such twists and turns.Some so poignant and agonizing that one just doesn 't know how to respond.
A few days ago I read a newspaper report about a 11 or 12 year old girl somewhere in rural India who was so deeply affected by the diseases her father and brother were suffering that she went into depression.
Her father had gone blind and her brother had an incurable kidney ailment which required a transplant. The family was penury stricken ,unable to make ends meet because of debt and mounting medical bills.
Broken and downcast the daughter formulated a plan which she shared with her elder sister. But elder did not take it seriously. The child told her sister that she would commit suicide after which her eyes and kidneys should be donated to her father and brother. She had heard of organ donation.
The girl did exactly as she had planned. But the time her act was discovered it was too late and her organs could not be used for the purpose she had sacrificed herself. The shocked and grieving family beat their breasts in vain. Their daughter 's sacrifice was futile and yielded nothing but bereavement , sorrow and guilt.
This is a true story my friends.
But there is another true story about a greater sacrifice which can be availed today even after more than 2000 years. A Son 's sacrifice which yielded life and restoration. The spotless, blameless Lamb of God - Jesus who gave His life for us on the cross.
His body was broken, bruised and abused so that we might have life and the forgiveness of our sins.He paid the price for our sin. In today 's terms we can say Jesus went to the electric chair in our place so that we might have life and God 's forgiveness.
We can have eternal life of we avail of this sacrifice.
6For while we were still weak , at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
10For ifwhile we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
(Romans 5) BIBLE