The Cross

    “In Planet in Rebellion,” George Vandeman wrote: It was May 21, 1946.  The place – Los Alamos.  A young and daring scientist was carrying out a necessary experiment in preparation for the atomic test to be conducted in the waters of the South Pacific atoll at Bikini.
    He had successfully performed  such an experiment many times before. In his effort to determine the amount of U-235 necessary for a chain reaction – scientists call it the critical mass – he would push two hemispheres of uranium together.  Then, just as the mass became critical, he would push them apart with his screwdriver, thus instantly stopping the chain reaction. 
    But that day, just as the material became critical, the screwdriver slipped.  The hemispheres of uranium came too close together.  Instantly the room was filled with a dazzling bluish haze.  Young Louis Slotin, instead of ducking and thereby possibly saving himself, tore the two hemispheres apart with his hands and thus interrupted the chain reaction.
    By this instant, self-forgetful daring act, he saved the lives of the seven other persons in the room.  As he waited for the car that was to take them to the hospital, he said quietly to his companion, “You’ll come through all right. But I haven’t the faintest chance myself.”  It was only too true. Nine days later he died in agony.

    Nineteen centuries ago the Son of the living God walked directly into sin’s most concentrated radiation, allowed himself to be touched by its curse, and let it take his life.  But, by that act he broke the chain reaction. He broke the power of sin.
    Selected Vialo Weis, at  Ardmore, Oklahoma

    I have kept this illustration in my file for a long time.  I find it very powerful in relating it to Jesus in what He did for us.  Read with me I Peter 1:18 – 19: “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  

    It is beyond my comprehension that Jesus, God’s Son, would come to earth and die for me and for you.  The cross is the plus sign for life.  As we sing such songs as:  “The Way of the Cross Leads Home,”  “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,”  “The Old Rugged Cross,” we know and accept the truth “What can wash away my sins, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.”   The sacrifice of Jesus makes possible my forgiveness of sin, my newness of life, my promise of life eternal with God, my heavenly Father.

                                         All because of the CROSS.

One Response to “The Cross”

  1. A great comparison!

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