Wording of this Handout:
A Matter of Sacrifice.
Just for a moment, try to think of about a dozen people you know. Now, imagine you had a million dollars, and think which of these people would you like to leave all the money to.
Now decide which of these people you would die for, if their life was hanging in the balance. It's not an easy decision is it.
What we discover, when we do this little exercise, is that we actually value our life very highly. Sure, we can understand soldiers dying for their country, and organ donors giving a kidney, or blood, or bone marrow, but which person would we die for? It's a tough one.
Perhaps we would die for the nicest, kindest person on our list. We generally think that the nicer someone is, the more they deserve to live - and the nastier they are, the more useful is their death.
But God sees us quite differently. He values the nice and the nasty equally. Hitler stands in value beside you. Jesus died for Genghis Khan, Stalin and Jack the Ripper just as much as He died for the sweet little girl next door.
The Bible says, "God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."