The beaming face of Steve Jobs was the focal point on the stage in San Francisco. The founder and former CEO of Apple Inc. was greeted by a standing ovation as he appeared at his company’s annual media event. It was more than obvious that he was glad to be there but he just about wasn’t.
Billionaire Jobs had faced the possibility of death five years earlier. He was diagnosed with cancer. At first he was told he had an incurable form of pancreatic cancer and should get his affairs in order. It was later discovered that he had a rare form of the cancer, curable by surgery.
The computer guru had his share of health problems. He also suffered from end-stage liver disease. He was the sickest patient on the list waiting for a liver transplant.
A car crash claimed the life of a young person. When organ donor cards are signed, potential donors do not specify the recipients. Whoever is most in need qualifies. That time, it was Steve Jobs who received the life giving transplant.
Have you ever thought about the generosity of the One who chose to give up His life by dying on a cross in order to save you? Your spiritual disease of sin is far worse than any form of cancer. Without the generous intervention of Another, you are facing certain eternal death.
Sin is such a deadly spiritual disease. It leaves us completely without strength to save ourselves. Left to our own efforts, we would face eternal death and separation from God. But consider this amazing piece of news: “When we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).
Why would He lay down His life to save us? The only explanation is because of the generous and loving heart of God. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us” (1 John 3:16).
The gift of an organ to save the life of another is outstanding generosity. With the urgency of Steve Jobs’ physical health needs, what would you think if he had refused the gift?
God generously gave His Son to die for your sin sickness. Have you ever accepted His gift? “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). If you refuse this gift you will face eternal damnation.
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