“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem, us.”
…was a mother and little son; when well out to sea, and during what promised to be a pleasant voyage, a sudden cry of “fire” was heard. The captain remembered that he had on board a quantity of gunpowder, and at once ordered the lifeboats lowered, and began to clear the burning vessel of her precious cargo. The last boat was being filled; it became evident that there was not room for all.
As it moved slowly away, a lady, with her little boy, came running to the side of the ship, and imploring them to take herself and boy. Her entreaties finally moved the inmates of the boat, and they decided to go back to the burning ship and take them; when they began rearranging the passengers, it was found that, at most, the boat would carry but one more. Without hesitation, the weeping mother pressed her child to her bosom, and planted on his cheek a farewell kiss, lowered him into the lifeboat, and sank back to meet her fate. She died to give life to one she loved.
My friend, Christ has died that you might have a place in the boat of eternal life. Though it cost him sorrow and shame, suffering and death, yet shrunk he not. Does reason teach you that it is your duty to keep on in sin, and continue on the broad road to destruction? Or do you see it your duty to give your heart to him who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us to God and life eternal.
God asks nothing unreasonable of you. He only requires you to give to him your puny, weak, and sin-stained heart, and he even returns that, after he has washed and purified it.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”