His Sacrifice

“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” – Hebrews 10:10

In 1997, at age 49, Oklahoma State Football Coach Bob Simmons’ kidneys were failing. He needed a new kidney but the wait for a donor organ averaged 2 years.

One afternoon in November 1997, Linda, his wife laid on her bed, praying for guidance. An answer came to her, she would give Bob one of her kidneys. Bob resisted, but Linda kept pushing the idea. She was a suitable match. Being a registered nurse for 25 years, she knew that there is a risk that things could go wrong whenever surgery of any kind in involved. She wanted so much to keep Bob’s dream of coaching and of course her husband alive.

Linda said this “I was trying to get him to understand this was a gift from God.”

Bob finally gave in and on the morning of March 10, 1998 as both husband and wife were being prepped for the procedure, Linda reached over and told Bob everything would be fine. Her heart was “celebrating” she says, pumping wildly, “because I knew the miracle was at hand.”

Six days after the surgery Bob returned to practice. But what struck outsiders was the sacrifice of Linda. It took months before she recovered. When Bob first addressed the team after the surgery, he couldn’t describe Linda’s act without breaking into tears.

Simmons said: “"This is about a loving gift from my wife and the glory goes to God," he said. "Now, more than ever, I am reminded of Luke chapter one, verse 37 that says 'For nothing is impossible with God.'"

Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross has given us new life in Him. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for His sacrifice that has given you new life in Him.

“If Jesus Christ is God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” – Charles Thomas Studd

God’s Word: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2004, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN HEBREWS pkennedy6@yahoo.com

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