Sacrifice shows a measure of love. It puts actions into words. It is selflessly giving of ourselves. It means setting aside our personal interest for the well-being of another person. It shows compassion and commitment to the one we are sacrificing for . In a world spinning fast–addicted to busyness–it takes sacrifice to slow and do for someone else, and it shows a measure of love.
Sacrifice may involve giving up sleep, leisure time, and sometimes even our life. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice–Himself. He came down from the throne of heaven, made Himself into a man, and died the most horrific death for me and for you (For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:13).
So Pilate released Barabbas, and he had Jesus flogged and handed over to be crucified. The governor’s soldiers took Jesus into a great hall, gathered a great crowd, and stripped Jesus of His clothes, draping Him in a bold scarlet cloak, the kind that soldiers sometimes wore. They gathered some thorny vines, wove them into a crown, and perched that crown upon His head. They stuck a reed in His right hand, and then they knelt before Him, inside-out, upside-down King. They mocked Him with catcalls. Hail, the King of the Jews! They spat on Him and whipped Him on the head with His scepter of reeds, and when they had their fill, they pulled off the bold scarlet cord, dressed him in His own simple clothes, and led Him off to be crucified. Matt 27:26-31 the Voice.
The greatest sacrifice ever to be made was the one Jesus made for us. The the Creator of the heavens and the earth humbled Himself upon a cross to pay the price of sin on our behave.
The measure of Jesus’ love was demonstrated upon the cross. The gift of grace (a free gift–one we could never earn) eternal life. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but eternal life. John 3:16.
Sacrifice shows a measure of our love.