Summary: "For God so loved the world" is the motivation behind man’s redemption from sin, even if only one person would have responded to God’s gift of Salvation.
"FOR THE SAKE OF ONE"
TEXT: ROMANS 5:6-11
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
In our lifetime, many heroic deeds are done under the pressures of various circumstances. Some are notable deeds which bring honor and glory to those who do them.
Not that their motives and goals were to become recognized, and their names made famous. Neither were they done for the sake of heroism.
They were simply done as an act of intercession, and mediation. When the call for duty came, they answered the call. When critical situations arose, they immediately responded to the crisis in order that lives could be saved and would not have to die!
I. PRESENT DAY HEROES
A. From time to time we have picked up our newspaper and have read the stories of what we would call everyday people reaching out to help others in times of crisis when someone’s life was in jeopardy.
Some years ago in south Louisiana, on the I-10 bridge between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, there were two men who had seen an 18 wheeler veer off the bridge, breaking through the railing, and plunging off into the bayou below. As they drove near it, they pulled over to the side of the highway and jumped out of their car to see about the driver of the 18 wheeler.
By this time, many people were getting out of their vehicles and looking over the railing into the bayou frozen in amazement. But when these two men did not see the driver surface or see any movement of life below, they both jumped several feet into the shallow water below to rescue that truck driver, and pull him to safety. They risked their lives for the sake of one man that he might live!
B. In times of war, acts of heroism were performed when men sacrificed their lives for a platoon of soldiers, or even one man, who was wounded by enemy fire!
On October 6, 1944, Lieutenant General Alexander M. Patch, Seventh Army Commander, placed the Congressional Medal of Honor on 2nd Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot of Carthage, Mississippi, in a ceremony in Epinal, France.
The reason for this great decoration of one of the military’s highest honors for heroism, was because on May 23, 1944, in the heat of battle on the beach head at Anzio, Italy, Lt. Barfoot killed 7 Germans, wounded a number of others, captured 17 more, broke up a counter attack by knocking out an enemy tank with a bazooka, demolished a German field piece, and helped two wounded soldiers to safety! A great accomplishment of heroism in the course of his duty as a soldier, for the sake of his fellow soldiers, for the sake of the war, for the sake of his country!