The Go-Between

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Hebrews 2:10-18

In 1972 a crowd of 150,000 Europeans assembled between the barracks and the crematories of the Auschwitz extermination camp to honor a man who gave his life to save a fellow prisoner. In July, 1941, a Franciscan priest by the name of Maximillian Kolbe volunteered to take the place of Sergeant Franciszek Gajowniczek who had been selected at random by Nazi soldiers to die.

Gajowniczek begged for his life in order that he might see his wife and children. It was then that the priest stepped forward and offered himself in place of the condemned man. He explained that he was alone in the world and would be willing to die in the sergeant’s place.

The sergeant survived the horror of the death camp. Following the war he was united with his family. In the 1972 ceremony he expressed thanks for the gift of life he had received in the sacrifice of Rev. Kolbe.

Jesus Christ, our mediator, in His sacrificial death on the cross, took our place. He became like one of us and willingly called us “family.” Then He broke the power of death by sacrificially giving His life in exchange for ours. Even now He continues to stand in our place, listening to our prayers and ruling in the lives of those who embrace Him by faith.


O Christ, thank You for becoming like us. We honor You for Your work on our behalf. Amen. .