This was given to me by one of my church members. I do not know the particulars of this event, but the story itself is powerful.
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?” Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
The point is, he was willing to do whatever was necessary to save the one he loved.
Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.”
And then He called us friends.
In all of history, kings have asked their subjects to die for them. Jesus is the only King in history to die so that His people could live.
Let us live for Him!