The first time my daughter was seriously ill, she was about 3 years old. She had a bad case of gastroenteritis with diarrhea and vomiting. She was dehydrated but every time I attempted to give her something to drink, she would immediately throw it up. The medicine I gave her was not yet working. I would wet her lips and allowed her to suck on some crushed ice but this did little to satisfy her thirst. Her sad eyes expressed her despair as she looked at me and asked, “Water?”
I shook my head and said, “No sweetheart. If I give you some you will throw up again. We have to wait for the medicine to work.”
Somehow, my daughter understood I loved her and if I gave her what she wanted, it would worsen her condition.
At that moment, I would have done anything to help my daughter. I would gladly have taken her place so that she could be spared her suffering. An hour later, my daughter asked for water again. I nodded in agreement and gave her a sip, dreading the bad outcome. After half an hour, nothing happened. Hopeful, I gave her another sip. Again, no bad outcome. I smiled at my daughter and she instinctively knew what happened. She weakly clapped her hands and whispered, “Yay! Daddy, I’m better!”
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:7-8 (ESV)
Every parent understands the desire to take the place of their suffering child. But would I do the same for a complete stranger? What about for someone who has hurt me or even hates me for no apparent reason? I don’t know if I could. But this is what Jesus Christ did for me and for everyone who confesses and repents of their sins and places their trust in faith in Jesus Christ. He died for me even when I first rejected Him. I am better because I am saved. Through the experience of my daughter’s illness, I began to understand the supreme sacrifice that Jesus did for me and everyone.
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are better and someday will be perfected in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.