In September, 1997 newspapers in Wellington, New Zealand carried the tragic story of a young girl who saw a puppy that had been struck by a car. She ran to aid the injured animal and was herself struck by a car and killed. How sad that a person should lose her life in trying to save a dumb animal.

Yet the difference between a person and a puppy is no greater than the difference between Divinity and humanity. That's why it is so amazing that the Divine Christ, the very highest form of life, knowingly and willingly sacrificed himself on the cross for the sake of a lower form of life -- for us!