Monday, 30 November 2009
‘He saved others…Himself He cannot save…’Matthew 27: 42 NKJV
This Scripture is beautifully illustrated by the story… When the pastor introduced the visiting speaker, an elderly preacher walked to the pulpit and told this story: ‘A father, his son, and his son’s friend were out sailing when a storm overturned their boat sweeping all of them into the ocean. Grabbing a rescue line, in a split second the father had to make an excruciating decision-which boy to throw the other end to and which one to sacrifice. He knew his son had accepted Christ and his friend hadn’t. Anguished, the father yelled, ‘I love you son,’ and threw the rope to his son’s friend. Sadly, his son’s body was never recovered. The father knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus and couldn’t bear the thought of his friend facing eternity without Christ.’ At the end of the service a teenage boy said to the preacher, ‘What father in his right mind would sacrifice his son’s life in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian?’ The old preacher replied, ‘It doesn’t sound realistic. But that story gives me a glimpse into what it must have been like for God to sacrifice His only Son for us. You see…I was that father, and your pastor was my son’s friend.’
The crowd who watched Jesus die said, ‘He saved others; Himself He cannot save.’ It wasn’t a matter of ability; it was a matter of choice. He chose to save you!
SoulFood reading: 1 Kings 8-9, Mark 12:28-44, Ps 113, Pr 12:15-17
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