"Worth Dying For"
April 11, 2009
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person -- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die -- but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8
During the presidency of Jimmy Carter, an attempt was made to reinstate the registration for the draft.
Yes, I know I'm showing my age when I say I remember that time.
Most vividly, I recall a picture featured in many newspapers around the country. It showed a young student, who was attending Princeton University. He was not especially conspicuous other than for the sign he was carrying.
The placard read, "Nothing is worth dying for." From the crowd that surrounded him, it seemed many others shared his opinions.
As a Christian, I am most thankful Jesus did not share that student's political philosophy.
On the contrary, He believed -- He lived -- the exact opposite.
Following the plan set into motion by His Father, Jesus sacrificed Himself because He thought we were worth dying for. He lived and died to save the souls of humanity from eternal destruction and damnation.
Today, in the shadow of Good Friday, we remember His death. Christians once again see Jesus suspended on the cross, silhouetted against the dark sky, and they give thanks they have a Savior who believed they were worth dying for.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, You and Your Father believed I was worth dying for. Today, I remember Your sacrifice on the cross, and I offer you my deepest thanks. Now, by the Holy Spirit's direction may I live for the One who died for me. In Your Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
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