Caught Red-Handed

Once in a small village, there was an orphan (about 10 years old). One morning, as he quietly walked through the busy market crowd, he took a small loaf of bread. When the owner of the cart saw it, he grabbed the boy and rushed him directly to the nearby constable for punishment.

While the merchant made his complaint, an ornate carriage came along with the King inside. Noticing the boy being held by the shirt, the King instructed a soldier to investigate. When he reported back, the King’s heart was filled with compassion; so he gave the order for the young man to be placed in his household, given a new name and raised as one of his sons.

Can you imagine the overwhelming joy of being escorted into the castle for the first time? Now there was a nice room to live in, new clothes to wear and plenty of fine food to enjoy every day.

Consider Paul’s words in Colossians 1:13-14:

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” -NKJV

Now consider the passage again, but in a personal way by replacing the “us & we” with “me & I”.

“He has delivered me from the power of darkness and conveyed me into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

Like the orphan, when we place our trust in Christ as savior, we too are rescued, forgiven and placed in the King’s household. What an incredible gift! Because of His grace, we now bear His name with full rights and privileges as His children! Now that’s something to be thankful for and worth sharing with others!

About cchrisholland
...Christ-follower, husband, dad, minister, and chronic day-dreamer

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