READ GENESIS 42–44
In John 15:13, Jesus declared that sacrificing oneself for another was love’s greatest expression. In Nazi-occupied Poland, Franciscan Friar Maximilian Kolbe took his Savior’s words to heart. He offered Jews and other fugitives refuge at the monastery, and ended up at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. After an inmate went missing, the camp authorities picked ten men to starve to death as retribution. Kolbe boldly stepped forward and took one man’s place.
When faced with losing his youngest brother, Judah offered to take the boy’s place.
“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers” (Genesis 44:33).
Centuries after humankind rebelled against their Creator, a descendant of the tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ, would take the punishment and offer life in return. You have been rescued from destruction by a God who sacrificed His life for yours. May your life declare that humbling truth to everyone you meet!
Challenge for Today: Sacrifice your time to help ease the burden of someone in need.
Quicklook: Genesis 44:25–33