There was another act of senseless killing in the small town of Thebes, France. It happened just last Friday, 23 March. A Muslim man had taken hostages in a supermarket. He had killed the supermarket’s butcher already. It was the scene of death.
Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame arrived on the scene. And you know what he did?
He exchanged himself for one of the hostages. That’s an act of valour.
He knew he was probably not walking out alive.
But he did it.
He replaced one of the hostages.
As police rushed into the scene, Beltrame was shot thrice. He was brought to the hospital but died on Saturday.
“He fell as a hero, giving up his life to halt the murderous outfit of a jihadist terrorist,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement shortly before dawn on Saturday.
He gave his life so someone else could live.
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Something similar took place 2000 years ago. Something greater. Something that rang through the centuries.
On Good Friday, Jesus died on the cross. He was beaten and bruised for us. He suffered and was crucified for us.
The Divine Exchange took place.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Sin had taken you Hostage. Everyone has sinned by breaking God’s laws. All have fallen short of God’s standard. A holy God cannot coexist with sinners. There was no way out. The wages of sin is death (Rom 3:23). For sinners, our destiny is Hell.
But God came for us. He loved you so much that he sent his Son Jesus to save you.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus, the one without sin, took your place on the cross. The Bible says:
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Cor 5:21
He died for your sake. By believing in Jesus, you have received His righteousness. You can now be together with a holy God.
Not only did Jesus die, He rose again on the third day. He defeated sin and death! By believing in Jesus’s finished work on the cross, your sins will be washed away.
He died in your place. Will you accept his gift of forgiveness? Or will you spurn his sacrifice?
If you like to accept Jesus as your Savior, please pray this prayer.
Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”