17th December 2010

A Tale Of Two Cities

“Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13 (NIV UK)

The book, A Tale Of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, is set during the French Revolution.  In the story, Charles Darnay is cast into prison to await the guillotine.  His friend, who resembles him, swaps places with him in prison and dies in his stead, giving him his freedom to escape with his life.

In the “Greatest Story Ever Told”, Jesus emptied himself of glory (John 17:5) and took upon himself the form or likeness of man (Philippians 2:7).  He became flesh and was born in a humble stable in Bethlehem.

He entered into our prison of sin and sacrificed himself in our place, giving us our freedom and the hope of eternal life.  Romans 7:23-25 (CEV) says, “But in every part of me I discover something fighting against my mind, and it makes me a prisoner of sin that controls everything I do.  What a miserable person I am.  Who will rescue me from this body that is doomed to die?  Thank God!  Jesus Christ will rescue me…”.

He died in our stead because of his great love for each of us.  Read Romans 5:6-8: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Thank God that The Greatest Story Ever Told is not fiction!!

Lord, thank you for humbling yourself, taking on flesh and dying in my place.  Help me in my life to reflect my gratitude and devotion.

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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