That Man Died For You

    On April 15, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot to death in Ford’s theater in Washington, D.C.  As his body was brought to Illinois for burial services, the train passed through the town of Albany, New  York. The people there were given the opportunity of getting one last look at “Honest Abe.”  Thousands filled the streets and as the casket passed by, standing in the crowd was an old black ‘mama’.  She had a little child in her arms and as the body of Abraham Lincoln passed by, she lifted him high above her head and with great big tears rolling down her checks, she spoke these words to him, “Take a long look, honey, ’cause that man died for you. Take a long look, honey, ’cause that man died for you.”  

    Isaiah said it this way, in the 53rd chapter of his book, verse 6: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”    NIV          In the New Testament, the Apostle Peter pens in his first letter chapter 1:18-19, these words: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”   NIV

    Once Abraham Lincoln was asked, how he was going to treat the rebellious southerners when they had finally been defeated and had returned to the Union of the United States. The questioner expected that Lincoln would level vengeance on the southerners.  However, Lincoln answered, “I will treat them as if they had never been away.”

    I think what an amazing man, that Lincoln could be so forgiving.  But, even more amazing to me is the grace of God that could forgive a sinner like me.  I am not worthy, I don’t deserve it, yet God in His infinite love paid the price for my sins in Jesus, His Son, on the cross.  That man died for me.  Just think about that.  Be drawn to God by His love.  All that He wants is a response of your love to Him.

    How could we not be draw to Him by such love?

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