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, 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!