One of the greatest themes in art, literature, and sometimes even real life is when a person sacrifices his or her own life that someone else might live. In my worldview, all such acts point to the single greatest example of them all—Jesus Christ, who offered up His own life, that we might live, if you believe in Him.
What got me thinking about this theme of self-sacrifice for others’ sake was a story reported a few days ago about a dog. Near Orlando, Florida, there was a puppy dog that interposed his body between some children and a poisonous snake—thus, protecting the children. The puppy endured four bites from a coral snake before dying. But the children were safe.
Last year, we were all shocked at another horrific school shooting—the one in Parkland, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale.
Lost in the headlines, it would seem, was a football coach at the school who sacrificed himself, interposing his own body that others might live. His name was Aaron Feis.
The Sun-Sentinel reported (2/22/18) on Feis’ funeral held at the Church by the Glades (a non-denominational evangelical congregation) in nearby Coral Springs: “People called him ‘the mayor of Parkland,’ said former coach Mike Virden during the service. ‘Because if you needed anything or anyone, he was the guy to go to.’”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s football program tweeted the day after the shootings: “It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.” [Emphasis added]
NBCNews.com reported (2/15/18), “The death toll, witnesses said, would have been even higher had it not been for Feis. They said that when the gunfire broke out, Feis quickly draped himself over students, acting as a human shield. ‘He shielded two kids from being shot. He took the bullets himself,’ Julien Decoste, a student who survived by hiding in a closet with classmates, told NBC News. ‘As I was being escorted out of the building, I had to step over him. Right then and there … I knew: He had to have been dead or injured.’” [Emphasis added]
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jerry Newcombe