Thought of the Day February 10, 2020 His life for ours

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An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God’s love. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked it over with a stick. When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings.

The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze arrived and the heat scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live.

Likewise Christ gave his life to save us from the disastrous fire of sin. "Greater love has no one than to lay down one's life for one's friends."  The mother bird gave her life to save her own. Jesus died for us when we were enemies, alienated from God because of sin. Yet, he chose to give his life for us. Love beyond understanding! But do we appreciate his sacrifice to the extent we seek to remain free of serious sin? Do we respond to his love with love?

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