True Story -
Auschwitz - 4 million Jews and assorted gypsies and homosexuals killed. Brutality ruled the day. Someone has escaped from the death camp and the rule is that for every one person who escapes, ten will be kept in a room with no food or water until dead.
All the prisoners are brought into the yard and made to stand at attention. Last night’s escape is announced. Ten men are selected to die. One of the selected men begins to sob and plead for his life. “I have a wife and children. Please! I want to see them again.”
His name? Franciszek Gajowniczek.
Frank wants to live. Such a request could have gotten him killed on the spot, but today is different.
There is a stirring among the ranks. From several rows back, a man shuffles forward and asks to speak to the Commandant. This too, on a normal day could have gotten him shot. Today is different.
His name? Maximilian Kolbe. A priest.
“Herr Commandant,” said Max. “I would like to die in this man’s place. I don’t have any family. Please. I would like to give my life in exchange for the life of this man.”
Today is different. The request is granted.
Mr. Gajowniczek survived Auschwitz.
Every year he returns to the Auschwitz Memorial, a place where his life almost ended.
Every year he returns to Auschwitz to give thanks to, and pay homage to the man who voluntarily gave his life in exchange for Frank’s.
Would you thank Someone who gave His life for yours?
Would you thank Someone who volunteered to pay your punishment?
Would such and act of mercy arouse any gratefulness in you?
Christians are deeply, deeply thankful to Jesus for what He did. (See Romans 9:22,23).
Atheists sneer and mock -
"We don't need God in order to be a good person."
"We don't need a Saviour!"
"We don't need anyone to rescue us!"
"We're good people who don't need forgiveness!"