On 13th October 2020 Dr Fabio Grandas was flying from St Marta to Guaymaral airport in Colombia. On board the light aircraft were his wife Mayerly, their baby Martin and his nanny. Tragically the aircraft plunged out of the sky and into the ground. Rescue workers were quickly on the scene and to their dismay found that the adults had perished in the crash. But remarkably baby Martin was alive, cradled in his mother’s arms. She had used her own body to bear the consequence of the fall and so saved his life. Such is the instinctive nature of a mother’s love.
This love is a reflection of the image of God in which we are made. In Psalm 139 the writer speaks of God knitting us together in our mother’s wombs and praises God saying, ‘You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Where can I go from your Spirit?’
It is this same love that we see pre-eminently on the cross as Jesus takes in his own body the consequences of our fall from grace and so saves our lives.
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