I propose the following question to kick off this week’s post. Imagine the person in your life you love the most. It may be hard to pick the #1 person, especially if you’re married or have children or your parents and grandparents are still here in your earthly life. Think of the person, who if died tomorrow, you wouldn’t be sure how to go on living.
Now think of that person, trapped on a railroad track. Their foot is stuck and guess what’s coming? You guessed it, a train! A train is coming full speed down the tracks and your most beloved is watching their life flash before their eyes.
Now imagine, a complete stranger running toward your loved one. They get down on their knees and work to loosen the foot. The train is even closer now. The stranger continues to loosen your loved ones foot, and at the last possible second, frees and pushes your loved one off the tracks and out of harms way.
Your loved one is safe, but the stranger did not have time to move out of the way. The stranger died in order to save your loved ones life.
It may bring you to tears to think about your child, spouse, Mom or Dad, brother or sister, Grandparent, your best friend or a beloved neighbor passing away so tragically.
Now think about how grateful you would be to the stranger that saved your loved one. Even though you didn’t know that person, that stranger saved your beloved.
Would you build a memorial? Would you start a Go Fund Me for the family? Would you make a donation in honor of that person? Name your child after that person? Would you consider that stranger an angel sent by God? Would you pray for that good Samaritan every day?
You’d likely do many of those things. You’d likely want to know the person that sacrificed the ultimate to save the life of your loved one.
What that stranger did for your loved one is what Jesus did for us.
The Easter and Spring season is a time to remember and celebrate new life and the resurrection of Christ, but in order to have the resurrection, you have to have the death. I’ve been thinking about this all week.
Jesus died for me.
Jesus died for ME.
Jesus died for ME and YOU.
Jesus died for ME and YOU and for EVERY single person in the world.
Unfortunately, Jesus died a stranger to many. Through His resurrection I have gotten to know Him. In my life, He has become the One I cannot imagine living without.
The final question I leave you with is how do you express gratitude for His death that was exchanged for your life?
What would you have done to remember and honor the stranger mentioned above? Do you do those things for Jesus?
Jesus died so we may live, and we can live our best life by feasting off the Bread of Life, His Word and His Companionship.