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Day 37 of Lent: Sacrifice

Posted on Wed, Apr 17, 2019

How much would you be willing to sacrifice for another human being?  Consider that question in the light of time, money, self-interest and reputation.  Honestly ask yourself what level of sacrifice you would be willing to make for the benefit or good of another human being.

cross-671379_1920 (1)As we head toward the great events at the end of Holy Week, our Bible verse for today reminds us of what was first and foremost on Jesus’ mind as he was in Jerusalem on that first Holy Week - “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (John 15:13).

There are many stories of the sacrifices which people have made for their fellow human beings, but none rivals the sacrifice which Jesus made.  He made “the ultimate sacrifice”. He gave his life to pay for the sins of every human being who has ever lived. It can rightly be said that Jesus paid a debt which we owed and could never pay.  Contemplate the magnitude of that sacrifice as you walk through the last part of Holy Week 2019.

While we can never make a sacrifice equivalent to what Jesus made for us, it certainly can cause us to stop and ponder if we are living nice and comfortable just to suit ourselves and could likely stand to give up a little bit of our comfort to help and serve others?  Look around you.  Are there people near and dear to you who could benefit from your sacrifice? Could you give up some of your comfort and cushion to help someone you don’t even know?

Don’t give up on making sacrifices for others.  It is a small way we can say thank you to Jesus for the incredible sacrifice he made for us.  As you ponder that sacrifice later this week, appreciate just how much Jesus did for you and then contemplate what you can sacrifice from what he has given to you as a small way to say thank you to God for what you have received.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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