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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 17:38:03 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Heavenly Connections

Standing By Her Son
by Tim Hall

It's difficult to find a news story that's truly
unique. But this one is, and it's worth a moment's
meditation.

According to Reuter's News Service (July 25,
2007), Chew Ten Hee, age 67, has offered to give
up her freedom and go to jail. She is guilty of no
offense and no one has suggested that she be
incarcerated. But this lady is serious. She wants
to go to jail.

Her reasons come straight from the heart of a
mother. It seems her son was arrested in Singapore
for robbery on July 6. He has been sent back to
his homeland in Malaysia to await trial. Chew Ten
Hee doesn't know where her son is being held. But
she knows her son is diabetic and if he doesn't
get his insulin three times a day he will die.
Though the son is 41, she's still his mother and
she's willing to go to jail if it will ensure that
he gets the help he must have.

Have you ever heard such a story?

Actually we have. It sounds remarkably like
another item in the news 2,000 years ago. Paul
reported it in these words: "Let this mind be in
you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in
the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be
equal with God, but made himself of no reputation,
taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in
the likeness of men. And being found in appearance
as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient
to the point of death, even the death of the
cross" (Philippians 2:5-8, NKJV).

Roughly translated, that means Jesus gave up his
freedom in heaven to be confined in a body of
flesh for several years. No one could force him to
do it; he did it voluntarily. Why? Because of the
desperate needs his people faced. Without him,
they were under a death sentence. To stand by and
do nothing was not an option. He willingly gave up
his freedom to be by their side.

I don't know what has happened to Chew Ten Hee's
son. I hope his mother's actions will help get him
the medications he needs. But I know the outcome
for all who allow Jesus to come into their lives
and to stand with them. It's a very good outcome.

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay
down one's life for his friends. You are my
friends if you do whatsoever I command you" (John
15:13,14).

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