A man once led an attempt to overthrow the king of his country. He was thwarted, captured and sentenced to death. He and his family were brought before the king. The king asked what he would give for his children’s freedom. The man answered that he would give half of all he possessed. The king asked what he would give for his own freedom. The man responded that he would give the other half of his possessions. Then the king asked what he would give to secure his wife’s freedom. To that he exclaimed, “O king, if you will spare her life, I will give you my life.”
The king was so deeply touched by this offer of sacrificial love that he released the entire family. The man spoke to his wife about the remarkable look of compassion that was on the king’s face when he set them free. The wife said that she did not see the king’s face. Her husband exclaimed, “How could that be? You were standing right in front of him!”
The wife replied, “I had eyes only for the man who was offering to give his life in order to save mine!”
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross…”—Hebrews 12:2.