HE MADE THE SACRIFICE

  I have read the following story,  A railroad switch operator brought his beloved son to work with him.  At one point he saw two trains coming from opposite directions on the same track. He could avoid the collision only by throwing a switch so one train would move to other tracks.  As he was about to do this to save a crash, he looked up to see his boy playing on those very tracks.  If he didn’t pull the switch, hundreds of people would die.  If he did pull the switch, just one would die, his only son.
The train operator pulled the switch.  As he saw his son crushed to death, through his tears, he watched hundreds of people pass, clueless to the sacrifice he just made on their behalf.

  It is beyond my comprehension that God could love us so much that He would send His only Son to die on a cross for us.  Romans 5:8 declares: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  
That is almost impossible to believe, while we were hostile, enemies of God, He allowed His Son, Jesus, to be the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ cry from the cross says it all when He cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”  Matthew 27:46
Martin Luther studied this cry for days going without food and sleep. He finally exclaimed, “God forsaken of God, who can understand that.”  Difficult to understand, but we must try. 

  There was no way of transferring sin without transferring its penalty.  Both sin and its punishment was placed on Jesus.  The punishment for sin is death, separation from the presence of God.  God cannot stand sin, unforgiven sin cannot dwell in His presence.  Therefore, since sin was laid on Jesus, God separated Himself from His son.  Here we understand the basis of our salvation. Jesus was forsaken so mankind could enjoy God’s presence forever.  What a sacrifice, what love.

“Not the nails but His wondrous love for me,
Kept my Lord on the cross of Calvary.
Oh, what power could hold Him there?
All my sin and shame to bear.
Not the nails, but His wondrous love for me.”

  Accept His sacrifice, the price paid for you that you might be forgiven and dwell with God eternally.     Remember, He made the sacrifice.

4 Responses to “HE MADE THE SACRIFICE”

  1. Hi Max, This story always brings tears to my eyes. We always have to make some sacrifices throughout our lives. I pray not one as serious as this.
    God Bless

  2. It’s one thing to think of giving my own life, but to think of giving my son’s…..I can’t comprehend. I can only stand in wonder at God’s love for us! Oh, His wonderous love, how can it be, that he would give His son, for me? We can never thank Him enough. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Dear Max, First let me say how wonderful it is that you are hearing so much better. This is an answer to my prayhers. Then on this weeks Devotional: What a story,. And God chose us,to Save over His Son. He sent His son to die for us, that if we accept Jesus as our Savior, we will have a home with Him ! Because Jesus lives,, and is Coming back again., we will also live forever !
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  4. This story of God’s love for us is the greatest love story the world will ever hear.Nothing more needs to be said. Yet the world doesn’t hear it. They scoff at it. Last Saturday night’s Bible Study Group was discussing soul winning as we studied John chapter four. It was mentioned that even the terror of hell doesn’t phase some people. This caused a discussion between a visitor and the usual members. The visitor’s point was the reason people follow Christ is because of His great love for us that he died for us. Yet for some they may think of the horrors of hell which causes them to yield to believe in Christ. It was said that fear should not be a factor.The Scripture quoted was to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Christ’s great love is always the main factor, but fear of hell is not out of the picture. What is God’s answer? John 3:16 is one way and the best way..

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