A Comfort Parable

But God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I unto the world. (Galatians 6:14)

Father and son were once on a camping trip. As they pitched their tent the father fishing7said “Son, see that river? It’s full of crocodiles. If you want to fish, fish off the wharf”.

The son says, “OK, I’ll fish off the wharf”. Three days the kid fished off the wharf  and got kind of bored. He began thinking ‘you know, I’ll be safe in a boat amidst the crocodiles; it will be kind of exciting out there’. In a sense of bravado, the fool got a boat went out into the crocodiles and began fishing.

Now things were sweet for a time until a crocodile came along side that boat. Its tail hit that boat, the boat overturned, the kid screamed in terror. The father heard him scream; without hesitation dived off the end of the wharf into the crocodile infested waters, grabbed his beloved son and pulled him to the safety of nile-crocodile the shore. When the son opened his eyes he saw an horrific sight: a crocodile had got its great jaws and wrapped them around his fathers legs leaving them in bleed shreds.

Now what I am going to say is unthinkable but imagine if that son turned to his father who was laying there bleeding to death and said something like this:

“Dad I really appreciate what you’ve just done for me but, you know, I found it kind of exciting out there amongst the crocodiles. You wouldn’t mind if I get another boat and go at it again would you?”

If that son could think such a thing, let along speak it, the blind fool hasn’t seen the sacrifice his father has just made for him.

Dear professing Christian, if you have any even hidden desire for the sinful excitement of the world, you have never seen the sacrifice of the Father. If that son has truly seen what his father had just done for him, a sense of horror will consume him at the cost, the extreme, the lengthy expense his father went to to save him! He’ll poor contempt upon the drops of water that still cling to his flesh.

The true penitent, the true Christian, that has seen the God in the person of Jesus Christ without hesitation dived into the very jaws of hell to save him from the folly  of sin. A sense of horror consumes him at the cost, the extreme, the lengthy expense God went to to save him! He pours contempt upon the sinful desires that still clings to his flesh, he cries with the hymnist:

And when I think that God His Son not sparing,
sent Him to die – I scarce can take it in,
that on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin

(From Militant Evangelism by Ray Comfort)

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