The Ultimate Sacrifice -- By Rob Chaffart

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

The Iraqi war weighs heavy on my heart.  All those poor soldiers!  The poor people of Bagdad!  I rejoice though for the many who have accepted Jesus in their life and would like to encourage anyone to continue to pray for the salvation of all British, US and Iraqi troops.  May God’s glory be revealed!

The message I want to present to you today is inspired by stories we hear of soldiers who have laid down their life in order to save the life of a fellow soldier.  Can you imagine what would happen to your life if someone saved you from a certain death by taking the bullet in your place?  You should have been the one being killed, but instead your friend was killed because he wanted you to live?

Unless you were very ungrateful, your perspective on life would change radically. Every morning that you would wake up realizing that you don’t deserve to have another day, but because your friend died in your place, you can! I can guarantee you that unless you are ungrateful, you would not waste your life any longer.  You would decide to spend every day of the remainder of your days on this planet, honouring your dead friend.

You know, none of us deserve another day to be alive. How so? you ask.  It’s my life.  I can do anything I want with it!  Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” NIV We all have sinned!  No one is righteous!  Because of our sin, we deserve death! Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death.” NIV 

But I am live and will continue to live the way I want to!  You know that although your destiny was certain death, someone took your bullet and died for you, so you could live…forever! Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  NIV 

Wow! How can I continue to live the way I live, if this is really true? It is true.  It is a fact that Jesus took your bullet and died for you. Myself, I cannot continue to live days that do not belong to me, in ways that do not honor Jesus in my life.  Every morning I wake up, I realize that it does not belong to me, but because Jesus died for me, I am alive!  I can only praise and worship the Lord!  Will you join me?

Good works mean nothing to the Lord! Eph 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.”  It’s the disposition of your heart that counts! All you need to do is accept Jesus’ offer and give your heart to Him and believe that He is the son of God.  He was resurrected and wants you to experience His peace! Rom 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Will you accept Him now and be grateful to be alive?  Please respond to the altar’s call at http://www.Answers2Prayer.org/saviours_call.html and thank Him for saving your life from certain death!

In His love,

Rob Chaffart

Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org