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The Sacrificial Heart of Shlomo Ron

Love (Divine) Sacrifice Preparation

Source: X post, 10/21/23 by Yael Bar Tur, @yaelbt

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-10-21

Scripture: John 15:13

Author: Yael Bar Tur
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ILLUSTRATION

This is Shlomo Ron. When Hamas terrorists invaded his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, this 85-year-old frail man had a plan. He left his wife, daughters and grandson in the shelter, and went to sit in his living room, waiting for his death. He figured that when terrorists break in they will see him, execute the lonely old man, and move on. He was right. He’s a hero who sacrificed himself for the people he loves. May be [sic] rest in peace.

APPLICATION

Two things are particulary impressive about the actions of Shlomo in the face of grave terror ...

1) He had a plan! He had not waited till the 11th hour to decide how he would respond when the moment came for him to take action.

2) His plan was to protect and "save" those whom he loves.

THIS is what sacrificial love looks like.

 

Know What You Are For

Gospel Sacrifice Commitment

Source: KNOW WHAT YOU'RE FOR by Jeff Henderson

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Contributed By: Marcelle Smith | Date Posted: 2023-06-22

Scripture: Romans 14:8 ; Romans 14:8

Author: Marcelle Smith
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ILLUSTRATION

Jeff Henderson, in his book Know What You’re For, tells a story of when he received such a gift; a surprise.

He was driving around town with a billionaire. He had never driven around a billionaire before. He found himself driving slower, more cautiously. Hands at ten and two. Eyes on the road.

His passenger was Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, the inventor of the famed chicken sandwich, and at that time, Henderson’s boss’ boss. He was driving Mr. Cathy to a speaking engagement in a white Ford with cow spots on it. As others passed the only cow-spotted car driving down the road, they gave them a wave or a smile.

The gift — the surprise — was the conversation he and Mr. Cathay enjoyed. Henderson was surprised that Mr. Cathy conversed with him at all, much less having many questions to ask him.

Once Cathy started talking, Henderson expected he would discuss sales or chicken. But instead he took a great interest in Henderson. He asked about his wife, his children, his parents. Then, they discussed parenting and how to be great husbands. They didn't talk about sales goals or chicken sandwiches. Instead, they talked about things of permanence. 

Henderson drove slower, wanting to relish the moment.

These are moments — gifts — we may not recognize at the time. Moments that take their time. They quietly make their way through the crowded thoughts, experiences, and memories in our brain, and before we know it, they’re standing beside us.

At some point, we turn and recognize how these moments became a memory and how it has been shaping us the whole time.

The car ride and conversation with Truett Cathy was one such moment for Jeff Henderson. A seed was planted as Henderson realized Truett Cathy was "for" him. He was more interested in what he could do for Henderson than what Henderson could do for him.

APPLICATION

This is the message of the Good News. Jesus — second Person of the Divine Trinity; Lord of the Universe — was born, lived, died, was resurrected, and ascended to Heaven, and will come back, all for us! His interests and concerns are not for Himself; they are for us. His mission wasn't for Himself; it was for us. Jesus is for us! 

Since we know He is for us, let us live each day for Him!

"For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's" (Romans 14:8, ESV).

Silently Serving

Servanthood Sacrifice Courage

Source: "The French Resistance's Secret Weapon? The Mime Marcel Marceau" as posted on History.com, retrieved 8/1/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-08-13

Scripture: Romans 10:4 ; 2 Timothy 4:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Marcel Marceau, the famed French entertainer of the early 20th century, was best known for his pantomime, bringing his silent character, Bip the Clown, to stages around the world for over 6 decades. He referred to his miming as “the art of silence.”

Few, however, know him for his heroism during the Nazi occupation of France. 

Recruited to help the French Resistance by his cousin, Georges Loinger, he became part of the ultra-secret unit called the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (Children's Relief Work), a Jewish relief group that smuggled Jewish children from occupied France to neutral countries. Their mission was to evacuate Jewish children who had been hiding in a French orphanage and get them to the Swiss border.

“But traveling with large groups of children was anything but easy. Marceau had a secret weapon: His training as a mime,” reports History.lcom. 

“The kids loved Marcel and felt safe with him,” his cousin, Loinger reminesced to the Jewish Telegraph Agency. “He had already begun doing performances in the orphanage …  The kids had to appear like they were simply going on vacation to a home near the Swiss border, and Marcel really put them at ease.” … 

"He mimed “to keep children quiet as they were escaping,” remembered another. 

At times, he posed as a Boy Scout leader taking groups of boys on nature outings (which just happened to find them hiking near the Swiss border!). On one occasion, he was confronted by German troops, at which time he tapped into his acting talents, pretended to be a French Army commander, and demanded that the German troops surrender to him immediately. And they did! All 30 of them!

In all, Marceau rescued over 70 children, while his cousin Loinger rescued more than 350.

He could not, however, save his own father, who was executed while imprisoned at Auschwitz. 

 

APPLICATION

Marcel's heroic actions bring to mind the famed quote oft attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.”

While it might be possible to lead a band of children to a safer border without words, words are essential in order to bring the saving message of the Cross to the world. 

"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" (Romans 10:4, NIV). 

"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2, NIV). 

No Cheap Gifts For Christmas

Christmas Sacrifice Selfless

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-11-15

Scripture: John 3:16 ; Mark 10:45

Author: Charles Krieg
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Revenge Always Fails

Love (Divine) Revenge Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-06-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:8 ; Romans 12:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Through the Looking Glass And What Alice Found There

Sacrifice Discipleship Cross

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Matthew 16:24 ; Matthew 10:39

Author: Lewis Carroll
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Eating Mom for Lunch

Motherhood Co-Dependency Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-12

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:15

Author: Walt Bonner / Illustration Exchange
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NBA's Kevin Durant Says Mom Is the Real MVP

Motherhood Sacrifice Legacy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-07

Scripture: Proverbs 31:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Lent Quotes

Lent Quotes Sacrifice Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Various

Author: Various
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We Lepers

Evangelism Empathy Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-16

Scripture: Matthew 10:39

Author: URBANA.org
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