Lent Devotions 2008: Thursday 21st February

You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. (1 Peter 1:18-19)

There has been much talk in the media recently about organ donation. Although the thought of removing body parts from recently deceased people may seem unpalatable, the flip side is, of course, that someone else can be saved. One lives because another has died.

I have heard it said that in the first few months after transplantation the recipient thinks about the life of the donor. It must be quite difficult to get your head around that one. But after a while they feel a real sense of having a new lease of life, and talk about taking part in life like they never could before. They must feel like they have been given a second chance. And I suppose most recipients would want to give credit to and respect the life lost by living well.

This really rings a chord with those who remember that Christ has paid for us; that He shed His blood for us. Jesus died so we can live. It is strange to think that someone loved us before we were ever born. Knowing this, we really do have the feeling of awe to both love and fear God because he took on the responsibility of sin, forgiving us all our sins.

Lord, It’s amazing that You would give so much for us! Nothing we can give back can amount to the love which You destined for us before we were born. We thank You for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.