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The farmer’s dog had been very useful to him, but it was getting old. His master decided to get rid of him by drowning him.

Taking the dog with him to a large river near his farm, he got into a boat and rowed out to the deepest part. Around the dog’s neck he tied a cord attached to a heavy stone. Then he threw it into the water. The poor dog sank, but the cord broke, and rising to the surface with a whine he tried to get into the boat again. Unmoved, his master pushed him off a number of times with an oar.

Finally the farmer stood up in the boat, intending to strike the dog a blow with the oar that would send it to the bottom. In the attempt he lost his balance and fell into the water. He could not swim and would have drowned, but when the dog saw his master struggling in the water, in spite of the cruel treatment it had just received from him, it swam up to him, caught hold of his clothes and brought him safe to land.

Cruel and heartless, we exclaim, to so treat his faithful dog. We may even feel he deserved to drown. We hope he had a change of heart and repaid his faithful friend for saving his life by caring for it for the rest of its days.

Now consider this. Are not you and I (and all men) far more guilty than this man in our treatment of the kindness and love of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ?

Jesus came into this world doing good, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, bringing joy to the weary and sad. Yet what happened? Men cried “Away with him,” and nailed Him to a cross.

How wicked was man to put to death the one perfect man sent in love from God. Putting Him to death exposed the enmity of man’s heart against God.

Were those who put Christ to death the only ones who have sinful hearts? No! You and I have hearts just like those who cried, Away with Him,1 for God says, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?2 Like them we can take His blessings one moment, but want to get rid of Him the next if His will crosses our own.

Look at that blessed Man on the cross. He utters not a word of scorn or resentment. He raises not a finger in opposition. The prophet Isaiah declares: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb.3

When all is against Him, His love flows out to a world of guilty sinners. He prays: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.4

The cross is the place where men sought to get rid of Him. By His death it becomes the place where His saving power flows out to all who come in repentance, confessing they are sinners, and own Him as their Saviour and Lord.

The faithful dog saved his ungrateful master’s life, but Jesus saves not for time only but for all eternity; He gives eternal life to whosoever will believe.

If you have not trusted this blessed Saviour, receive Him now, before its too late. Soon He will come in judgment on his world, when His anger shall burn as an oven, and then you shall meet Him as your judge.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

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Order Code 123074
Subject(s) Evangelistic
Number of Pages 4
Language English

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