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The Sacrificial Love of Christ………..

Most of us today will never know what it is like to endure the type of physical and emotional pain Jesus experienced in human form. However, many of us can relate to Jesus’s cry as he stood in the garden of Gethsemane and ask that this cup be taken away. Matthew 26:39 “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” However, many times we completely forget about the second half of Jesus’s statement (Yet not as I will, but as you will.) In today’s microwave instant culture, sacrifice means standing in long lines. When I was growing up, I always saw sacrifice as a way of everyday life, let me explain, I grew-up in the beautiful island of St. Thomas U. S. Virgin Islands. There was always someone at our table eating with us, an open invitation to help others no matter the sacrifice was the unspoken motto of our family. One year during my middle school years a friend of the family was ill and, I was asked to take dinner to her home. When I arrived at her house the door was unlocked, and she was in her room to ill to move. I helped her with her needs and got her fed and went home to tell my mom. I remember how it made me feel, I recall having a sense of joy and gratification. Later that evening as I got ready for bed, I looked out my window at the amazing majesty of God, and