A Mighty Explosion Of Light

There is a story that continues to come to mind ever since hearing it retold by Ann Voskamp at the She Speaks Conference back in July.

It’s the story of Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest held prisoner at Auschwitz during WW II. If you’ve never heard his story please take a moment to watch this video.

As I listened to this story again, I thought of Paul’s words in Romans 5

” You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Here’s the thing, just as the Apostle Paul recognizes, there are brave men and women who are willing to die for a good man. Max Kolbe chose to do just that. He gave this young man with a family a second chance.

But God.

But God, while each of us was still as guilty and sin-stained as Max Kolbe’s torturers…chose to die for us! This still blows my mind each time I sit and think about it.

A survivor in the video refers to Max Kolbe’s act of sacrifice being like a “mighty explosion of light” within the concentration camp. I love that. When light penetrates the darkness…hope is born. And, this hope breathes life into our dark and dreary world.

So thankful today for the Hope we have in the light of Christ!

7 thoughts on “A Mighty Explosion Of Light

  1. Tracy

    Hi Eileen, this is so powerful. I know that I do not think enough about what Christ sacrificed for me, but when I do, like you say, its awe inspiring and very humbling. Great post
    God bless

  2. Lisa

    Wow! That video is amazing, but what is even more amazing is that Jesus died for those men who tortured Max and so many others. And because sin is sin, period, my sins are just as bad as those murderers and Jesus died for me too. Amazing love, amazing grace!

  3. Allison

    What an awesome story it was! I was so blessed to have the picture painted by Ann of our Lord's sacrifice for us…How great is our God!

  4. Beck Gambill

    Powerful and mysterious! It makes me think of the verses in Hebrews 11:38-40, "38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us." Sacrifices like Max Kolbe's was for us too, how humbling!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.