Thursday, May 5, 2011

TAKEN OR FREELY GIVEN



A few days ago a local bank was robbed. I bank at one of the branches in our town and I learned about the robbery from one of the tellers. It was early in the day. Some people were in the bank. It was a regular day. Nothing looked amiss. People in the bank were talking and going about their business. Suddenly there was an unusual noise at the counter. Some people standing close by looked around to see what was happening. A man was at the counter with a gun. They could see it. They didn't see the note passed to the teller. All eyes were on the gun. There was a silence that could not be explained. No one seemed upset at the time. They just watched to see what would happen next. Then the teller started to cry. The would be robber told her to shut up and give him the money. Her hands trembled as she placed some money on the counter. She was afraid. She did what she was told. The robber turned around and pointed the gun at some others in the bank. The robber left the bank with a paper bag clutched in his hand. He jumped in a waiting car and fled from the scene. People stood around talking excitedly about what had happened. Some ran out the door. Some stood there in shock. The robber took some money but he also took something else. He took the feeling of safety from the people in the bank. They suddenly felt like their lives were in danger. They were afraid.
When I returned home I walked into my den. I looked at the Bible on the coffee table. I thought about Jesus on the cross. I wondered if  He was afraid. When the soldiers put the crown of thorns on His head, was He afraid? When they nailed His hands to the cross, was He afraid? He knew He was going to die. He knew why He was sent to the earth. He was going to die for our sins. I opened my Bible to Matthew. There was the answer. The soldiers did not take the life of Jesus. He gave it freely. He chose to die on the cross. He gave His life because He loved us. He gave His life in order to pay for our salvation.
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10 comments:

J.Paschal said...

Thank Him for completing his mission here on earth. We owe it to him. I owe it to him.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment J. Paschal. He died for our sins, freely without reservations.

Child of God said...

Hi JT,
Isn't it amazing what Jesus did for us? I am so thankful to Him for giving up His life for our sins.

He is so good, I just wish more people would see Him for who He is instead of mock Him.

I hope they catch that robber and I pray someone is there to lead him to Christ.

Blessings,
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JT said...

Thanks for your comment Child Of God.

Starry Dawn said...

HI JT,
I LOVE YOUR BLOG, AND I ENJOY READING THIS POST.
I AM GLAD TO HAVE FOUND YOU, JT.
I COME THIS DAY TO WISH YOU,
(((HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!)))
I HOPE YOUR DAY IS FILLED WITH JOY, LOVE AND EVERLASTING BLESSINGS EMBRACED WITH ALL YOUR BELOVED ONES.
GOD MAY BLESS YOU ALL, JT!!
IN THE LORD'S GARDEN,
POET STARRY DAWN.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Starry
Dawn. Happy Mothers Day. God bless you.

Ken said...

Hi JT,
Was Jesus afraid? Good question. I know His sweet was like blood...
I am so thankful for what He did for us.
Blessings,
Ken

JT said...

Thank you for your comment Ken. Jesus freely gave His life for our sins.

lioneagle said...

Hi -

Thank you for this rich message.

This was such a blessing to read.

Once again, I am assured that GOD always WINS!!!

JT said...

Thanks for your comment lioneagle.
God will always win!