When Deng Jinjie saw people struggling in the water of the Sunshui River in the Hunan province of China, he didnâ€™t just walk by. In an act of heroism, he jumped into the water and helped save four members of a family. Unfortunately, the family left the area while he was still in the water. Sadly, Jinjie, exhausted from his rescue efforts, was overwhelmed and swept away by the river current and drowned.
When we were drowning in our sin, Jesus Christ gave His life to come to our aid. We were the ones He came to rescue. He came down from heaven above and pulled us to safety. He did this by taking the punishment for all of our wrongdoing as He died on the cross 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
and 3 days later was resurrected. The Bible says, â€œBy this we know love, because [Jesus] laid down His life for usâ€ 1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.Â Jesusâ€™ sacrificial love for us now inspires us to show genuine love â€œin deed and in truthâ€ (v.18) to others with whom we have relationships.
If we overlook Jesusâ€™ ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, weâ€™ll fail to see and experience His love. Today, consider the connection between His sacrifice and His love for you. He has come for your rescue.