Dying for oth­ers

The Philippine Star - - OPINION -

I am the good shep­herd. The good shep­herd lays down his life for the sheep. — John 10:11

I love birds, which is why I bought six caged birds and carried them home to our daugh­ter Alice, who be­gan to care for them daily. Then one of the birds fell ill and died. We won­dered if the birds would be more likely to thrive if they were not caged. So we freed the sur­viv­ing five and ob­served them fly away in ju­bi­la­tion.

Alice then pointed out, “Do you re­al­ize, Daddy, that it was the death of one bird that caused us to free the rest?”

Isn’t that what the Lord Je­sus did for us? Just as one man’s sin (Adam’s) brought con­dem­na­tion to the world, so one Man’s right­eous­ness (Je­sus’s) brought sal­va­tion to those who be­lieve (Rom. 5:12–19). Je­sus said, “I am the good shep­herd. The good shep­herd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

John makes it more prac­ti­cal when he says, “Je­sus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sis­ters” (1 John 3:16). This won’t likely mean lit­eral death, but as we align our lives with Je­sus’s ex­am­ple of sac­ri­fi­cial love, we find that we are “lay­ing down our lives.” For in­stance, we might choose to de­prive our­selves of ma­te­rial goods in order to share them with oth­ers (v. 17) or make time to be with some­one who needs com­fort and com­pan­ion­ship.

Who do you need to sac­ri­fice for to­day? — Lawrence Dar­mani

In what ways have oth­ers sac­ri­ficed for your well-be­ing?

READ: 1 John 3:16-17 Christ’s ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for us mo­ti­vates us to sac­ri­fice

our­selves for oth­ers. Bi­ble in a Year: Isa­iah 43-44 and 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 2

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