The Bargain of Easter


An eight-year-old boy had a younger sister who was dying of leukemia.

His parents told him that without a blood transfusion she would certainly die. They further explained to him that his blood was probably compatible with hers, and if it was, then he could donate some blood and save his little sister’s life.

So his parents asked if they could test him and see if his blood was a match. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “Sure.” They tested him. It was a match.

His parents were overjoyed. So they asked their son if he would give his sister a pint of his blood. But his response really suprised them. He said, “I’ll have to think about it.” 

A few days later the little boy told his parents he decided he would donate his blood. The parents were once again overjoyed. So they took him to the hospital and he was put on a gurney beside his six-year-old sister and hooked up to an IV. He lay on the gurney in silence; the blood dripping from his IV into hers.

He waited and waited; lying still, saying nothing; blood dripping, waiting. Then the doctor came in, walked over to his bed and asked him how he was doing. The boy opened his eyes, looked up at the doctor and asked, “How soon until I start to die?” *

jesusoncrossOver 2000 years ago Jesus gave His blood so that we might live. Jesus knew he was going to die—but he did it anyway.

“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:7 & 8

It’s been over 50 years since I exchanged my life for His.

For me it was a new life. For Him it was a cruel death.

For me it was a bargain. For Him it was the ultimate sacrifice.

Yes, Easter is a bargain. We give up very little (especially anything that really matters), yet gain everything. It cost us nothing, but it’s worth everthing. We give up an old life and get an eternal life.  Now, that’s a bargain. And one that I am eternally grateful for.  I hope you are as well!

Asking Two Favors 

  • During this Easter season I’d love to hear when and where you give up your life and took up his. Please leave a comment with the time and place.
  • Over the next few days, would you share this link with a friend? Who knows where that conversation might lead.

Living my life in His,
Ken L Roberts

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Image: Repro. of painting by (Louis-?)Emile Adan (1839-1937), copyrighted by Braun & Co., N.Y. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons {{PD-US}}


(* This story is from Anne Lamott’s book, Bird By Bird.)

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16 thoughts on “The Bargain of Easter

  1. I saw my brother reading Harold Hill's book, "How to be a King's Kid" while on a family vacation. I asked to read it when he was done. When he gave it to me, I ran upstairs to my bedroom and read it cover to cover–praying along the way for Jesus to change me. And He did.

  2. Pastor Ken:

    Thank you – Thank you — for such a great blog. The timing and message is just what I needed as I look forward to Good Friday and Easter.


  3. Hallelujah! Started dying at age 10 and continue to die more and more as each day passes. What a privilege to live HIS life and not mine. Thank you for sharing this, Ken! Happy Easter!

  4. Kim

    Me Too! I've been saved for over 50 years and I'm still, still amazed by grace.

    Have a great Easter!


  5. I gave my heart to Jesus at the age of 5 and was filled with the Holy Spirit at the age of 6. I gave Him my heart at Bible school in the summer of 1957. I remember the lesson that the teacher was teaching. It was "What would you give to Jesus, because He gave you all he had." That lesson really touched my heart and I started to cry during the lesson and the helper asked if everything was alright and I told her that I didn't want Jesus to die for me. I didn't even know Him. After she explained everything to me in terms that I understood I knew that I wanted Jesus to come live in my heart. Now I am not saying that it has always been a bed of roses. What I am saying is that every time I messed up He forgave me and we started off again. Now that has been over 57 years and He and I are having the adventures of a LIFETIME! I wouldn't trade them for anything. Would I do it all over again? You bet your boots I would and as long as HE is with me, I'll do everything all over again.

  6. That is the cutest story! There is not one time, because there was more than one time when I gave my life to Christ, and then stepped away, and came back. The time when I was truly serious about it was twenty years ago. I just knew I had to get serious.

  7. Not sure when I actually turned my life over to Jesus. First time I was seven. Seems like I keep finding new opportunities to choose Him. My life in Christ seems to be quite fun and exciting.

  8. Hi Ken, that would be November 26, 1979 in my living room. An outreach team from the church Lynn and I had checked out for our wedding popped in to minister to a confused, disoriented young man. What happened then and in the days that followed surpassed all understanding. He has a way of eliminating all doubt!

  9. God is eternal everything he can reveal to us through your understanding of the scripture is indeed new and fresh – am encouraged Pastor. God bless you.

  10. I gave my life to Jesus when I was 5 years old at Bible School.The Rural Pastor [He was called “Uncle Jerry” and he was the pastor of a rural church] who taught that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and to get there was to ask Him into your heart. He said, “It is one thing to just ask Him to come into your heart, but it is another thing to ask Him to come into your heart and mean it. I remember how he told us that Jesus didn’t have to go to the cross for anyone at all but He saw into the future and saw each and everyone of us. At first I couldn’t understand how Jesus could do that so I waited until Bible School was over for that day and I went up to him and asked him if he was for sure that Jesus really saw me right here at Bible School and did He see me talking with you right now. He said, “Yes He did and that He knew that you really wanted Him to come into your heart so that is why you waited until now to talk to him about asking Jesus into my heart”. I thought for a moment and I asked “Uncle Jerry” to help me pray and ask Jesus into my heart. He led me into a prayer of forgiveness and then he told me to just talk to Jesus thanking Him for coming into my heart. He also said that if I really didn’t understand what it meant to ask Jesus into my heart then ask Him and he will let me know so that I could and would understand. So I did and then everything became clear to me [ with my understanding at that time]. I am glad that I have accepted Jesus at that age because ever since I did I have this relationship that I could talk to Jesus just like I am talking [or writing] to you. It has been over 58 years now since I have asked Jesus to come into m y life and heart. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Have there been ups and downs? Yes there have but when the downs come I just draw closer to Him.