Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sunday Blessings - A Son 's Sacrifice


(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

9 Fertilize my soul:

Buttercup said...

Amrita, my heart is breaking for this child's family. Prayers!
Sending prayers and good thoughts to you, too!

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
What an unselfish sacrifice, but in vain. This was a heartbreaking story from the poor people.
But also one of love till death.
How blessed we are, who have a Saviour who died once and for all so that we could get free.

You sure have a vast mission field.

David said...

happy Birthday to you dear sister, and soldier of Christ. your life is precious to Him.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Amrita,

Very heart touching story and a very powerful message which should be kept in mind by all of us.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
Joseph

Zim said...

It was great story about great sacrifice. People can sacrifice their life - I read many stories about people who had hidden Jews in their homes during 2nd World War - their could lost their life, but final result was the rescue of hundreds of Jews. But Jesus made something better - He died not only for people, who where good, and not only for people, who lived 2000 years ago. He died for all people from all nations, all ages, all centuries.

John Cowart said...

Hi Amrita,

You have written a powerful story of sacrifice here. This girl's mind-set was so loving. And your linking it to the Cross sets just the right tone.

John Cowart
www.cowart.info/blog/

Crown of Beauty said...

What a heartbreaking story Amrita. TO think that she died in vain. A blessed reminder to take the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross seriously, May His sacrifice never be wasted in my life!

Love
Lidj

Amrita said...

My dear friends I really appreciate all your comments

Amrita said...

Thank you for your birthday greeting David