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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

14 August 2013: Duncan Burchell, Petersfield Evangelical Church

A Gift of Love

Recently a member of my family donated a kidney to her 19 year old niece. As a result the young woman had a new lease of life. No more dialysis and she now has the chance to go to university this autumn. The donor was a good match. She did not have to go ahead with the transplant, but chose to do so. There was risk to her life (although our hospitals are very good at these operations now). As a result the recipient has a new life.

There are you will see imperfect parallels with the example of our Saviour. He was the only one who was good enough because He was without sin (i.e. a perfect match); He came to earth willingly. He was prepared to die for us on the cross. Because he died on the cross, His people have new life. What wonderful love!
Paul wrote the following words: “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8. Later in the same chapter he refers to Christ dying for his ‘enemies’ – His great sacrifice was not even for His friends! As a result of His death, our sins are forgiven, because He has taken our punishment.

We admire the self-sacrifice of the person donating her kidney – a truly altruistic act, being prepared to risk her health and possibly her life for someone she cared about – but to die for your enemies, is beyond our comprehension. Praise be to God!

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Post on 14 August; it is possible that it was published earlier or may be published later.

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