Leviticus 5:18, “He is then to bring to the priest a ram without defect from the flock, according to your valuation, for a guilt offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his error in which he sinned unintentionally and did not know it, and it will be forgiven him.”
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
He Knew When He Came
Three boys were wading illegally in a deserted pond in Monroe, Louisiana. Joe Delaney, all-pro halfback of the Kansas City Chiefs, sat nearby and warned them to stay close to the shore. Ignoring his words, they waded out and, moments later, screamed as they plunged from sight.
Instantly on his feet, Delaney rushed to the pond and dove in. His attempts to rescue the boys, however, were futile. One boy drowned, another was rescued in critical condition, and a third made his way back to shore. Joe Delaney died in the rescue effort; his body was the last to be recovered. He had given his life to help others, without success. Seeing the boys in danger, he placed his own life in jeopardy to help them. But I wonder: If Joe had known he would leave his wife a widow and three small daughters fatherless, would he have jumped into that pond? Would we? Or would we say, “There’s no need for more to die?”
Jesus came to the world precisely to die. He would not hang on the cross for a few seconds and then get off, safely. It would not be a matter of a brief agony and intense bravery followed by a cloudburst of adulation. He would be taken off the cross a corpse! He knew all that – and yet he came.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
That which we should value in ourselves and in one another is the dignity of God’s image and the great price at which we were bought. – Anonymous
The price of a bridge is often measured in the lives of its builders. For he who would build a bridge must be ready to pay for it with his life. – Pen Lyle Pittard
Sincerity is the salt of the sacrifice. Without it the offering can never be acceptable to God. – Charles Spurgeon
The sacrifice of Jesus is the true reason of our salvation. – Charles Spurgeon