Sacrifice, a word not held in high favor today, but one very necessary to consider. We certainly know the value of sacrifice in the Scriptures. Old Testament sacrifices, while seeming to be a bloody mess, were an act of obedience and faith for the people, and an important lesson pointing forward to the New Testament ultimate sacrifice in Jesus Christ. The sacrifice of Christ is the means of life for us all. We share in that sacrificial death and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead through our baptism.(Romans 6) Now the life of that great sacrificial love becomes our model. We sacrifice when we willingly put another’s interest ahead of our own, when we hold our tongue instead of biting back, when we suffer some injustice instead of demanding our rights. Good relationships are built on sacrifice. The central question is what I can give, not what I can get. Maybe, if we are willing to think further in the contest of our society, we sacrifice some portion of our government entitlements, or set aside political considerations in favor of the common good, we will find a better life together. We have been given the greatest life possible through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Young and old alike need to seriously think what sacrifice means for daily life. It is only through sacrifice that we find life.