There are lots of words that we can associate with the week leading up to Easter. I think of words like: love, grace, forgiveness, betrayal, death, life. One word that I think of a lot is sacrifice. Sacrifice is, “an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.” Think about that for a minute. Have you ever given up something that was valuable to you for something or someone that you thought was more important? Do you remember when Mary Magdalene took the expensive perfume (something that was very valuable) and poured it on Jesus’ feet? She knew that He was more valuable. Now think about that definition as it relates to what Jesus did for us. He gave up His life. Obviously, the life of Jesus, the son of God, the only perfect man who ever lived, was valuable. What did He regard as more important or worthy………. you and me. There are times in all of our lives when we may not feel important or worthy, but Jesus regarded us as worth making a true sacrifice for. He endured unimaginable pain and suffering and He could have stopped it at any time, but He loved us so much that He took the punishment that we deserved. As you’re celebrating Easter this weekend, remember the sacrifice that was made for you and for me. And don’t forget the best part, on the third day He rose from the dead. Because He lives, so can we. I pray that I will see you all in heaven someday. You get to choose what His sacrifice means for you.