In these days when so many people are insisting on their personal rights, the biblical concept of self-sacrifice may seem old-fashioned and ludicrous. Oh, they may give for what they can get back, but they think it’s foolish to give only to help someone else without hope of return.
In the past, however, many have given sacrificially. Canadian author William D. Matheson, in My Grandfather’s War, tells of a veteran who walked through the streets of his hometown with an empty sleeve. When a passerby commented on the loss of his arm, the veteran replied, “I didn’t lose it. I gave it.”
That describes what Jesus did for us. He didn’t lose His life on the cross. He gave it. As today’s verses says, He “gave Himself for our sins.” He paid the penalty so that all who believe on Him would forgiveness of sin and have eternal life. In fulfillment of the Old Testament picture of the sacrifice of the lamb, He yielded His life for us.
Following Christ’s example, we are to give ourselves unselfishly to His service and help others. That makes sense, though it may seem absurd to many. Our sacrifices will glorify the Lord and make an impact for Christ on our selfish world. – David C. Egner
By Christ the sinless lamb of God
The precious blood was shed,
When He fulfilled God’s holy Word
And suffered in our stead. – Anon.
Christ’s sacrifice of Himself for us motivates us to sacrifice ourselves for others.
– September 18, 1993, Our Daily Bread