An orphaned boy was living with his grandmother when their house caught fire. As the fire raged, His grandmother ran upstairs in a desperate attempt to rescue him. Unfortunately, She didn’t get far, she perished in the scorching flames. Neighbors and onlookers held their breath as they watched the fire spread nearer to the window where the terrified boy stood crying for help. To jump down from the window would be suicidal, so no one encouraged him to do so. Everyone wanted help, but no one dared to risk is life in the inferno.
Then suddenly, a strange emerged from the crowd. Everyone watched with awe as he climbed the irim-drain pipe leading upstairs. They watched as he battled his way through the flames burning fragments that blocked his way. They watched ad he lifted the boy, wrapped himself around him, and came back to the iron pipe. Many cheered, some screamed and others cried as the man and the boy arrived at the safe zone.
Several weeks after the fire disaster, a public hearing was held to determine the boy’s new home since his grandma, his only remaining guardian had died in the tragedy. Various persons signified interest in taking custody of the boy, but as they talked, a man slowly walked to the front of the audience, he took his hands from his pocket, revealing horrible scars in them. He then pulled off his shirt and rolled up his trousers, showing the shocked audience his severely battered back and a pair of badly burnt legs. The crowd gasped at the horrifying sight.
At that moment, the boy’s face brightened, he recognized the man. This was the man who risk his life to save him. His scarred hands bruised and battered back, and burnt legs were a testimony to his unreserved love for the boy. Without hesitation, the boy threw himself into the hands of the man and the case was settled.
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This story illustrates the price that Jesus paid to redeem man from impending divine judgment if eternal fire. All men have sinned and deserve to die, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 3:23 6;23). But God, for his boundless love for a man not willing that anyone should perish eternally, sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to die in man’s stead, so that whoever believed in him would not be damned forever but have everlasting life (John3:16).
Just like the stranger in the story, only Jesus Christ can tell of the untold agony He experienced July st to purchase man’s redemption: the excruciating pains if being nailed to the cross; the searing agony if the nails cutting through the nerves of his feet; the deep throbbing pains if tissues treating off His lacerated back; the crushing pain within the chest as His heart begins to compress; the tortured lungs making frantic effort t gasp for air; the torments if hanging in the cross; the chill feeling if death slowly closing his eyes and unfathomable painful feeling of abandonment by he father who would not stand the grievous sight and hideous stench of the multitude of sins he took upon Himself(Matthew27:46).
What a dreadful experience! He suffered a most gruesome death for you! He was despised and rejected by men; He bore your griefs and carried your sorrows; He was stricken and smitten God; He was wounded for your transgressions; He was bruised for your inquiries and the chastisement of your peace was upon him (Isaiah 53:3-5).
The boy in the story made the right choice by deciding to be under the custody if the man who had saved him from a horrible death. Have you made the right choice for Jesus? Do that now! Confess and repent of all your sins; believe in Him and accept him as your savior and Lord; for “As manually as received him to them he gave the power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”(john 1:12)