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Once, there was a father who had a son. The son was the delight of his life. They were as close as a father and son could be. They did everything together. They shared everything. They talked about everything. You could say, they were inseparable.

One day father and son faced a decision: sacrifice the son or spare the son.

Sacrifice the son – and people would be rescued.

Spare the son – and people would die.

The father and son agreed – they always agreed – there was only one thing to do.

The son would leave home, and give up his life.

They knew people would not understand. Most would not care. After all, the people for whom the son would die were absorbed in their own lives – they were not really nice people.

The father and son knew the pain and grief would be horrible – for both of them. After all, the son would be crushed.

Yet, they knew it was the only hope people had.

The father and son believed in heaven – and they loved each other. They hugged each other, said goodbye, and the son left home – and was born on Christmas Day. He died on Good Friday, and rose from the dead on Easter. He returned home to his father and someday, he will come again.

Until then, the father and the son open their arms wide to anyone who will trust what the Son did. Anyone who becomes a follower of the son will become part of the son’s family, and be embraced by the Father.

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.


One Comment

  1. His one and only son? God can have as many sons as he wishes, don’t you think?

    But why did God “save” Abraham’s son when he was about to sacrifice him yet He chose to sacrifice His “son?”

    Would you sacrifice your son – and I’ll make it real easy – just to save your own family?


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