Monday, September 01, 2014

This week's lesson (September 13-19): death and resurrection

The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me -- Galatians 2,:20, NIV.

Or death?

That was the choice given Janusz Korczak (pronounced "YA-nish KOR-chok").  A famous pediatrician and children's author, he was also the director of a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw.

When the Nazis invaded Poland, both he and the children in his orphanage were moved to the Warsaw ghetto.

But when the children were moved to the extermination camp at Treblinka, then Korczak didn't need to go. No, the Resistance gave him a chance to escape -- in fact, it repeatedly gave him the chance to live . . .  

But it couldn't do the same for all the children -- no, some would need to be left behind.

So what would you do -- would you choose life for yourself . . . or would you share the fate of those you love?

Jesus gave his answer at Gethsemane.

And Korczak gave his answer on August 5, 1942 -- for when the soldiers came, and the children were marched to the train station . . . 

Janusz Korczak marched with them.

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