During the war a minister, going along a street in London, saw a wounded British soldier painfully hobbling along. Stopping him, the minister astonished the soldier by saying, "Thank you for being wounded for me." The man could only look his surprise. People had sent him cigarettes, and had given him entertainment, but no one before had ever thanked him for what he had suffered on others' behalf. Then the minister continued, "I know Someone who was wounded for you." "Wounded for me, sir?" said the soldier, now more surprised. "Who could that be?" "It was our Lord Jesus," replied the minister. "The Bible says, 'He was wounded for our transgressions.' " With that the man of God was on his way, leaving the soldier to think about the One who was wounded for him. I wonder if he ever thanked the Saviour.
As we celebrate Good Friday considering all the Lord's ultimate sacrifice for humanity, the same question must be asked of each reader. Have you taken the time to thank Him for His sacrifice? If not, now is the perfect time to do so.
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