“Greater love has no one than this that He lay down His life for his friends” (John 15:13).
A little girl in the hospital had been critically injured and lost a lot of blood. She urgently needed a transfusion, but the doctors could not find anyone with her rare blood type–except her 7-year-old brother.
Her doctor took the young boy aside and gently explained the situation, “Your sister is very sick. Unless we can help her, she’s going to leave us and go to heaven.” Then he asked, “Would you be willing to give your blood to your little sister so she can live?”
The young boy hesitated a moment, his eyes filled with fear. Then he took a deep breath and whispered, “Yes, I’ll do it so she can live.”
He could see the transfusion progress as he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled. But as he watched the blood from his body flow through the tube to his sister, his face grew pale and his smile faded. Looking up at the doctor, he asked with a trembling voice, “Will I die soon?” This brave young boy had misunderstood and thought he was giving all his blood so his little sister could live!
Jesus Christ fully understood and willingly gave His blood to save us from our sins so that we may live with Him forever. We have become so accustomed to hearing the story of His death on the cross that we lose sight of what His sacrifice really accomplished for us.
Jesus knew love would be extremely costly for Him. Those He came to save would despise and reject Him. There would be illegal trials, mockery, torture and excruciating pain. One of His disciples would betray Him. Worst of all, because He would be steeped in our sin, He knew His Father would forsake Him.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who . . . endured the cross, despising the shame” (Hebrews 12:2).
He made forgiveness of sin and eternal life available to us when He shed His precious blood on the cross. There is “no other name” by which we can be saved and escape eternal judgment by Almighty God. “Salvation is found in no one else” (Acts 4:12). Christ’s death and resurrection are the greatest news we can ever receive!
Love sent my Savior to die in my stead,
Why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary’s cross He was led,
Why should He love me so?—Harkness