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"Gave Himself"

August 2, 2012

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5

New York City bus driver Stephen St. Bernard had finished his shift and was walking home.

That was when he spotted a girl standing on an apartment air-conditioning unit three stories in the air. The girl who is autistic stood there and swayed for a long period of time.

Keeping his eyes on the child, St. Bernard ran forward praying, "Please let me catch her. Please let me catch her. Let me catch the little baby." To shorten the story, the child eventually fell and ... St. Bernard managed to grab her before she smashed into the ground.

Both eyewitnesses and those who have seen the video are in agreement: St. Bernard, who tore a tendon in his shoulder saving the child, is a hero.

I agree he is a most special fellow.

Now I would not minimize the risk or the rescue made by our bus driver. He put his life on the line to save a stranger. It was an action so noble it might almost remind us of the rescue performed by our Savior.

Almost.

• After all, St. Bernard could only rescue one child who was in danger. Jesus gave Himself to rescue the world.

• St. Bernard felt he had a fair chance of surviving the rescue. Jesus knew that if we were to be given forgiveness and eternal life, it was necessary for Him to die.

• St. Bernard was able to save one child, but the day will come when that child will once again have to face death. In contrast, Jesus gave Himself to take away our sins and save us eternally. Now, all who are brought to faith in Him are given forgiveness and a life in heaven that will never end.

And that's what I would call a real rescue made by a real Hero.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord and Savior, today I give thanks that You have done something quite amazing for me. You are more than a hero; You are my Redeemer. May I always be appreciative of Your sacrifice, which has saved my soul and rescued me from this evil age. In Your Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 119:89-176    2 Thessalonians 1

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