The beaming face of Steve Jobs wasÂ the focal point on the stage in SanÂ Francisco. The founder and former CEOÂ of Apple Inc. was greeted by a standingÂ ovation as he appeared at his companyâ€™sÂ annual media event. It was more thanÂ obvious that he was glad to be there butÂ he just about wasnâ€™t.
Billionaire Jobs had faced theÂ possibility of death five years earlier.Â He was diagnosed with cancer. At firstÂ he was told he had an incurable formÂ of pancreatic cancer and should get hisÂ affairs in order. It was later discoveredÂ that he had a rare form of the cancer,Â curable by surgery.
The computer guru had his shareÂ of health problems. He also sufferedÂ from end-stage liver disease. He was theÂ sickest patient on the list waiting for aÂ liver transplant.
A car crash claimed the life of a youngÂ person. When organ donor cards areÂ signed, potential donors do not specifyÂ the recipients. Whoever is most in needÂ qualifies. That time, it was Steve JobsÂ who received the life giving transplant.
Have you ever thought about theÂ generosity of the One who chose toÂ give up His life by dying on a crossÂ in order to save you? Your spiritualÂ disease of sin is far worse than anyÂ form of cancer. Without the generousÂ intervention of Another, you are facingÂ certain eternal death.
Sin is such a deadly spiritual disease.Â It leaves us completely without strengthÂ to save ourselves. Left to our ownÂ efforts, we would face eternal death andÂ separation from God. But consider thisÂ amazing piece of news: â€œWhen we were stillÂ without strength, in due time Christ died for theÂ ungodlyâ€ (Romans 5:6).
Why would He lay down His lifeÂ to save us? The only explanation isÂ because of the generous and lovingÂ heart of God. â€œGod demonstrates His ownÂ love toward us, in that while we were stillÂ sinners, Christ died for usâ€ (Romans 5:8).Â â€œBy this we know love, because He laid downÂ His life for usâ€ (1 John 3:16).
The gift of an organ to save the life ofÂ another is outstanding generosity. WithÂ the urgency of Steve Jobsâ€™ physical healthÂ needs, what would you think if he hadÂ refused the gift?
God generously gave His Son to dieÂ for your sin sickness. Have you everÂ accepted His gift? â€œThe wages of sin isÂ death, but the gift of God is eternal life inÂ Christ Jesus our Lordâ€ (Romans 6:23). IfÂ you refuse this gift you will face eternalÂ damnation.
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