Scottish soldier broke rank, stood to attention and said, "I did it." The guard beat him to death on the spot. When he'd exhausted his fury the other POWs picked up their friend's body along with their tools and returned to camp. At that point, the shovels were recounted. The guard was wrong. None were missing.
What kind of person would take the blame for something he didn't do? Christ our Lord Jesus! We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for....how someone...noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put His love on the line for us, offering His son.... While we were no use whatever to Him.(Romans 5:7-8). Think about it: God...piled....everything we've done wrong, on him' (Isaiah 53:6), hence, the only Mediator who has reconciled God and (man) by his Death and Resurrection(1 Timothy 2:5). Having lived the life we couldn't live and taken the punishment we couldn't escape, He offers us redemption we couldn't afford. Now the question we must answer is: if He so loved us, can we not love each other? Having been forgiven, can we not forgive? Of course, we can and we should. Enjoy the holiday. Cheers!
Culled from "The Word For Today".