«Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends»
(John 1 5: 1 3).
In a collection of biographies, the story is told of two great friends and Pythagorean philosophers, Damon and Phintias, who lived in Syracuse, Sicily during the reign of the tyrannical Dionysius in the fourth century BC. According to the story, Phintias was sentenced to death after being accused of plotting against Dionysius. However, he asked to be temporarily released to settle his affairs. Meanwhile, Damon had to remain as a hostage until his return. Since the king could not conceive that someone would give their life for another, he warned them that, should Phintias not return in time for the execution, the guarantor would die in his place. Despite the mockeries, Damon agreed even if he would not be released in a timely manner. To eve one’s surprise, a few minutes before the deadline of the execution, Phintias returne as he had promised. Astonished by the proof of affection and loyalty, Kin Dionysius forgave them both and begged them to allow him to be part of their noble friendship.
Likewise, only one sentence condemns the sinner, ‘Tor the wages of sin is death» (Rom. 6:23). Thus, whoever sinned should die under this law. Theft, adultery, greed, lie and deceit, dishonor of parents or of God Himself are some of the transgressions worthy of the maximum punishment. In due time, the law will call for compliance and, without delay, the sentence will be carried out. Who could replace us as our guarantor? Who would put his life at risk just for us? How can we be finally freed?
The Bible teaches us that there is a Friend ready to help us. The Heavenly King Himself offered His life to take our place. No matter the magnitude of the sin, He wishes to be the guarantor of all those who accept Him and is ready to commit His life to see us free.
Dear reader, the judgment day is drawing near for all of us. Nevertheless, we have in Christ the greatest friend who is ready to die for our freedom. We will not have to pay for our sins anymore. Living with Him daily, we will be set free on the final day.