|Tornado spotted near Venus, FL this past week|
Little did we know a week ago that those words were almost prophetic as we heard the story this week of Heather Town who was killed by a tornado while protecting her three year old daughter. This mother of three held her child so tightly that a few rib bones were cracked as the tornado struck her double wide trailer sending her and the child flying 200 feet. Unfortunately, Heather did not live but neighbors heard a child crying and came to the rescue of the three year old still wrapped tightly in her mother's arms. She was rushed to the hospital and is recovering. This story is a perfect example of the deep love a parent has for her child. While this account touches our hearts, there is an even greater sacrifice we can read about in God's Word.
|Trailer where Heather Town lived courtesy of Fox 13 News|
Furthermore, Paul writes in his letter to the believers in Rome: "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). We, who have turned our backs on God and lived for self in our sin nature, were deemed worthy by God's own choosing for salvation. This is amazing.
We can understand a mother or father who would willingly give their life for their child as the mother who died protecting her daughter in the storm. This is a devotion we can all relate to; however, God loved us even while we did not care for Him. In fact, He loved us so much that He sent His own precious Son to be a sacrifice for our sins. By His blood, we are set free from sin and death. What He suffered on the cross is hard for us to fathom. Yet, He did this willingly taking our place to satisfy the demands of the Law.
Without a doubt, we know we would be willing to give up our lives if necessary to save our children or grandchildren. However, consider how we would feel about giving up our lives for our worst enemy or someone who has hurt us. This is what Christ did for us. We were God's enemies. Still, He ransomed us out of a love that took His Son to the cross.
While we mourn the loss of this young mother who gave her life to save her child, we must not lose sight of the life saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ for those whom God has called. If you are a believer, this should make your heart draw even nearer to our God. If you have never committed your life to Christ, then, today is the day of salvation. He died that we might live. Take a moment to think on this, pray over this tremendous sacrifice offered for our sakes while we were still far from God. Then, live each day for His glory and receive His forgiveness. His death brought life eternal to those who come to know Him as Lord and Savior. This is the greatest sacrifice. Selah!
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