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A Personal Testimony

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A Personal Testimony

As a Christian, the bible exhorts me to follow the example of Jesus. I am to be constantly "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." The hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" explains it this way:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.

When I was asked to donate bone marrow, I was being asked to give up very little. Some time; some marrow; and some short term pain. Even so, I was a little frightened from time to time. It helped to think of my recipient, who I now know is named Greg. Greg was going to die if he didn't get what I had. I gave up a little, he gained everything. The trade was worth it.

But the truth is that what helped me more than anything was meditating on the sacrifice God made for me. This is summarized nicely in the first two thirds of the Apostle's Creed.

 I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary;
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
The third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

The various doctrines formulated in the Appostle's creed are expressed in a more poetic and moving fashion in Isaiah chapter 53. This great Old Testament passage speaks of the coming Messiah as the suffering servant, and expressed the depth of Jesus's sacrifice better than I ever could.

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

The miracle of the incarnation is that God emptied himself, became a man, lived a sinless life, died an criminal's death, and did all this to pay the penalty for my sin. Jesus did this even though I was a guilty sinner and deserved the full judgement of God. When I consider the sacrifice Jesus made for me and what I gained from it, the gift of a quart of marrow to a stranger seems the least I can do in response.

 

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