“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
This last month I’ve observed that with all the talk of COVID-19, the news of people dying from it, and the fears associated with that, it’s been so easy to slip into a mode of self-preservation. It’s a natural reaction, and we should take care of the health God has given us.
But I’ve also observed that many have been working sacrificially, specifically our medical community, who put their own health at risk in order to bring healing to others.
Then there are those who have made sure that children at risk are getting the meals that they would have been getting at school.
I’ve also heard reports of teachers putting on parades, driving in their cars past the homes of their students to wave and encourage them from a safe distance, reminding them that they are loved and valued. Large groups of Christians have parked in hospital parking lots, flashers flashing, catching the attention of employees, honking, smiling and waving to them, and praying for their safety.
I’ve also read about people mowing the lawns of those who are doing so much for others that they are not able to mow it themselves.
There are many ways that we can sacrifice for others.
Why am I talking about sacrifice? I’m glad you asked!
Today being Good Friday, as I write this, I am reminded of Jesus, who offered Himself up as the Supreme Sacrifice for all of us.
He sacrificed Himself willingly for something much worse than COVID-19. I know that COVID-19 is an awful disease, but too often we look at things from a purely physical perspective. We push out the inner voice of our conscience which tries to remind us of a spiritual illness within us, a cancer of the Soul, as it were, that affects not only our life on this earth, but our eternal destiny as well.
In fact, Ephesians 2 calls that inner illness death:
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved!” Ephesians 2:4,5 BSB
Jesus went to the cross so our inner man could live again through Him!
“He was led as a sheep to slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He does not open His mouth.” Acts 8:32
“No one takes it (My life) from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.” — Jesus
John 10:18 BSB
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 BSB
Check out Veritas singing “Via Dolorosa”
(If you have Facebook, they recently did a FB Live version of this song that is aMAzing!)
Today I’m thankful for people who willingly sacrifice for the good, safety, health, and lives of others!
I’m thankful that Jesus willingly sacrificed His life for you and me, so that we may be forgiven and have abundant and everlasting life!
And I’m thankful for amazing musicians who sing songs that help bring the passion of that sacrifice from our heads to our hearts!
What about you? What sacrifices have you or others you know made to help others in this COVID- 19 crisis? Are you thankful that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for you to give you abundant and eternal life? Have you trusted Him for forgiveness of sin?