When asked the question, “Who would you die for?” most of us would likely select people closest to us. This could be a spouse, parents, siblings, immediate family, extended family or friends. For some, it may just be one person. For others, it could be several people. You may even find someone who couldn’t list a single person they would be willing to sacrifice their life for. And I can confidently say most people wouldn’t be willing to die for a stranger – and most certainly not an enemy.
But I know someone who did. He died for every single person on the planet, and He has no favoritism for who He loves. In fact, He makes it His mission to save the lost, which is those who haven’t accepted Him into their lives. In Matthew 18:11-13 (NKJV), Jesus said, “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. ‘What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.”
Today is Good Friday, which marks the day when Jesus laid down His life to save humanity. He was beaten and mocked. Think about that for a second. God the Son, a perfect being without any flaws, was treated as bad as it gets to save us – sinful people who constantly make mistakes. He took the punishment so we didn’t have to.
Who would you die for?