About a decade ago, a young music teacher who was traveling back with dozens of college band students in the western United States, made the ultimate sacrifice. She took the wheel from the medically-incapacitated driver in an attempt to keep the bus from crashing. It did, but of the 45 passengers onboard, there was only one fatality in the rollover accident. She died saving them all. Sacrifice.
On the site of where the Twin Towers once stood in New York City there sits twin reflecting pools, a memorial to the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Of the victims, well over ten percent were firefighters who sacrificed themselves to try and rescue others. One survivor recalls that day, saying, "I think it was probably about the 40th floor, when the firefighters started to come up. And I remember thinking, ‘They’re going to climb all the way up to 80? How are they going to do that?’ A few people clapped. A few people wished them blessings—God blessings. And a few people patted them on the shoulders." One entire firehouse was wiped out that day. Sacrifice.
Perfection. Perfect innocence. Perfect in power, love, and purity. Perfect in intention. It took a perfect sacrifice to save imperfect people like you and me. Why? We will examine what Scripture says about Jesus, the perfect sacrifice. It was a sacrifice we needed. God knew that and saw to it we had that.
Neal Pollard, Minister
Bowling Green, Kentucky