A life for a life

26 03 2011

“Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate – a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now.”

This is the short synopsis for Jodi Picoult’s novel “My sister’s keeper” on her website.  The book raises questions about the ethics of modern medical science – should a child be born for the express purpose of saving the life of another? 

Before Jesus was born, Mary was told that she would give birth to a child for that exact purpose.  Her son was to be the Saviour.  Can you imagine?  No wonder her response was, “How will this be?”

A mother’s perplexity evolved until Paul was able to articulate things for us.  Listen to this,  “…someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Jesus to die for us while we were still sinners.” 

The human condition was bleak.  But God took action.

God did not leave mankind to suffer the consequences of rebellion against him.  He allowed Jesus to take the punishment that our sins deserved (remember that was death) so that we could be restored to a right relationship with him.  A life for a life.

It didn’t stop there. 

God gave Jesus new life – he raised him from the dead.  (Paul has already told us this right at the start of Romans (1:4).  The risen Jesus now wears the crown; he is what humanity was meant to be, God’s ruler of the world.  And he has the authority to call us to account for the way we live.

According to Paul, there is something for the human condition…but what does it mean to do life Jesus’ way?

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