A Permanent Gift

Cliff Ellison

"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand."  John 10:28-29

According to the Seattle Times News, a doctor's wife needed a life saving kidney transplant; Dr. Richard Batista gave her one of his.  Seven years later, when his wife filed for divorce, Batista decided he wanted the kidney back.  Since the kidney was necessary to sustain his wife’s life, he said he would be willing to accept 1.5 million dollars, the estimated value of the kidney.  Batista admitted the strain of his wife’s medical issues threatened their relationship at the time.  He said. “My first priority was to save her life.  The second bonus was to turn the marriage around.”

Medical specialist argues Batista will not get his kidney back, nor is he likely to get any money from the deal. Robert Veatch from Georgetown University says that the case won’t succeed for two reasons.  First, United States law prohibits buying or selling human organs.  Second, Veatch says donating an organ is giving a gift and there is no way to collect compensation for a gift even if you regret the decision later. Veatch added, ”When you give something, you can’t get it back.”

Our God gave us a gift that can’t be taken away.  He gave us eternal life though His Son whose birth we celebrate this Christmas.

"I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand."  John 10:28-29

"For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the GIFT of God."  Ephesians 2:8


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