I received this letter from a member with the Ministry and thought it
would be good to share with you. We do not always remember what God did
for us when He sent His only Son to die for the sins of the world but this
story was a gentle reminder for me.
I hope this story blesses you.
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church's pastor once
again slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit, and gave a very brief
introduction of his childhood friend. With that, an elderly man stepped
up to the pulpit to speak, "A father, his son, and a friend of his son
were sailing off the Pacific Coast," he began, "when a fast approaching
storm blocked any attempt to get back to shore. The waves were so high,
that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep
the boat upright, and the three were swept into the ocean."
The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers
who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat
interested in his story. He continued, "Grabbing a rescue line, the
father had to make the most excruciating decision of his life....to which
boy he would throw the other end of the line. He only had seconds to make
The father knew that his son was a Christian, and he also knew that his
son's friend was not. The agony of his decision could not be matched by
the torrent of waves. As the father yelled out, 'I love you, son!' he
threw the line to his son's friend. By the time he pulled the friend back
to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beyond the raging swells
into the black of night. His body was never recovered."
By this time, the two teenagers were sitting straighter in the pew,
waiting for the next words to come out of the old man's mouth. "The
father," he continued, "knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus,
and he could not bear the thought of his son's friend stepping into an
eternity without Jesus. Therefore, he sacrificed his son. How great is
the love of God that He should do the same for us." With that, the old
man turned and sat back down in his chair as silence filled the room.
Within minutes after the service ended, the two teenagers were at the old
man's side. "That was a nice story," politely started one of the
boys, "but I don't think it was very realistic for a father to give up his
son's life in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian."
"Well, you've got a point there," the old man replied, glancing down at
his worn Bible. A big smile broadened his narrow face, and he once again
looked up at the boys and said, "It sure isn't very realistic, is it? But
I'm standing here today to tell you that THAT story gives me a glimpse of
what it must have been like for God to give up His Son for me."
"You see.... I was the son's friend."
Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him
while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy
upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."
The Bible says today is the day of Salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2) and not
to let time pass you by. Jesus is able to save the worst sinner and is at
the door waiting for the invitation to enter (Revelation 3:20). If you
have never made the decision to invite the Lord into your heart and life,
then I encourage you to make that choice today. Remember, Now is the
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry