Instead of Me

By Samjhana Ranabhat, Nepal

It was the month of April. My sister had made urgent plans to return home from college because of a sudden illness. I had asked her to take a couple of days off classes and just stay home to rest but she did not get better; in fact her pain only increased. When she came home, that night, we shared a room. I fell asleep soon but I knew my sister was struggling to get to sleep. At about 1 a.m., I heard my sister whimpering in pain, she told me that the pain was unbearable. I woke up and started to pray for her while tears flowed from both of our eyes. As I looked at my sister, I felt so helpless. What I would give to be in her place and bear the pain on her behalf.

This reminded me of what Jesus Christ did for us at the cross. I realized that our Lord was gracious beyond measure as He went the full extent of taking the penalty of death on our behalf. Truly, how merciful is the Son of God for He bore the pain and hardship just to give me life.

Matthew 27:15-17 talked about the replacement of Jesus on behalf of Barabbas. The passage very clearly says that Barabbas was a rebel and he was sentenced to death but Jesus took his place to be crucified. I cried even harder and as I prayed for my sister, I thanked God for His love that He bestowed so freely to us as John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

This verse touched my heart deeply.

In the days to come, we experienced His grace, love and faithfulness in our lives, as the Lord healed my sister of her pain.

I realized that although I can love the people who are close to my heart, I am unable to bear their pain. I cannot die in their place. In the same way, no one can give their life for me the way the Son of God did. He offered Himself as a living sacrifice and gave me a life of abundance and eternal peace.

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