I recently read a story about a young boy who was out for a walk. He noticed a vicious looking dog coming across the street toward him. The dog was showing his teeth and foaming at the mouth. Realizing the dog was mad and possibly infected with rabies, he started to retreat back the way he had come.
Suddenly, the dog spotted some children playing in a vacant lot nearby. It turned and started running in their direction. Without thinking of his own safety, the young boy quickly ran in front of the dog and started yelling to distract him.
The dog turned and attacked, seriously injuring him. He was rushed to a hospital for a long, slow period of healing. The parents and the children came to express their gratitude. The newspapers called him a hero and the city officials gave him special recognition for endangering his life to save the children from terrible fate.
This is just what Jesus did for every one of us. He saw that we were plagued with inherited sin and were in danger of an awful fate of eternal hell. He stepped in and took the experience of judgment and death in our place. This week, may we take time to reflect on what God has done for us in sending His Son Jesus to die in our place on Calvary.
1 Peter 2:24
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."