||A man rescued a child from a burning house
In a world where greed and selfishness seem so prevalent, it is heartening to
hear of something very different. Now and again a courageous and unselfish act
takes the headlines. In recent days we have heard of someone risking his life
by running into a burning house to rescue a small child. Another case saw a
man furiously working to save a person trapped in a burning vehicle, dragging
him free and in the process taking the chance on being badly injured.
These brave people deserve a medal and will probably get one in due
Then there are others
actions take place without any or many others knowing about them. Think of
mothers in crisis areas going to extremes to save their sick or starving
children. Some go as far as forfeiting their own lives. There are no medals
Not long ago, a trooper died in Iraq, throwing himself between an explosion
and his fellow soldiers. He had but a brief moment to decide what to do, but
his sacrificial attitude meant safety for others.
The greatest of all
Yes, there are
numerous examples that could be quoted, but the event that eclipses all others
is the one Easter is all about. It does not just have local and temporary
significance, it has cosmic significance. It is life-changing,
history-changing, and destiny-changing. Of course, I refer to the death of
Jesus Christ on the cross.
The Bible makes it very clear that this death was planned, not simply by
Christ’s enemies, but by God Himself. Jesus was on that cross as a
substitute for sinners, namely, all of us. Christ died for us, the Bible says.
It shows that he took our place and accepted our wrongs as if they were his
As one children’s song says, “There was no other good enough to
pay the price of sin; He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us
At what a cost!
We have talked about
unselfish, personal sacrifice. This is the zenith of sacrifice. The one, who
deserved praise, received sneering and scorn. The one, who was absolutely
pure, was identified with human rottenness. He who was utterly innocent
agonised indescribably in His body, mind and spirit for the sake of those whom
he loved. On our part we cannot say we deserved this. No, it happened because
of the grace of God. That is, great favour was, and is shown to us by a very
How do we say thanks?
When Jesus rose
from death He left many unmistakable proofs that He had done so. Those who
know Him, experience Him as a living Saviour, not as a dead god, so all who
hear of His sacrifice must respond in some way.
This Easter, why not bow your head and ask Jesus to save you, to come right
into your life and be Lord, ruling your life; nothing less than this is a
fitting response to His death on our behalf.