My friend Andre made one of life’s ultimate sacrifices on Tuesday, August 25, 2009. He provided the kidney for his dad, Jim, to have kidney transplant surgery. As I prayed for Andre and Jim, something dawned on me. Transplant surgery is what Jesus did for us.
God said through the prophet Jeremiah that “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” (Jeremiah 17:9) For Mr. Jim, a change in lifestyle was no cure. Medicine was no cure. Going to a doctor every day for the rest of his life was not going to be a cure. Only a new kidney could cure.
With us, we need a new heart because we have a diseased heart beyond cure. Many try to just do better. The attempt to sin less and do more good works doesn’t cure the spiritually diseased heart. Others try to cure their heart by something as small as more church attendance. Attending church to cure a spiritually diseased heart is like putting a band-aid on a diseased kidney. What we need is a new heart!
Jesus was the donor. Paul said, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Might there be more to the analogy. Andre had to be a “match” in order to be the donor. Jesus is the match because He is both God, which means He is perfect, and He is human, which means that He could provide the heart transplant. If either of these was not true, we would still be left in need of a heart transplant.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.