My good friend, Mike Faust when ministering with First Christian Church here in Bradenton sent me this illustration and that was back in November of 1998.  I want to share it with you.

A mother of a 9 year old boy, Mark, received a phone call in the middle of the afternoon from Mark’s teacher.
She said, “Something unusual happened today in your son’s third grade class.  Your son did something that surprised me so much that I thought you ought to know.   Mothers seldom get calls from their child’s teacher in the middle of the day.  So, the mother wondered, “what now?”

The teacher continued, “I have been teaching many years and nothing like this has happened before.  This morning I was teaching a lesson on creative writing.  And as I alway do, I tell the story of the ant and the grasshopper.  The ant works hard all summer and stores up plenty of food.  But the grasshopper plays all summer and does no work.  Then winter comes.  The grasshopper begins to starve because he has no food. So he hops to the ants house and begins to beg.  “Please Mr. Ant, you have much food please let me eat, too.”  Now boys and girls your job is to write the ending of the story.  Your son, Mark, raised his hand.  “Teacher, may I draw a picture?”  “Well, yes, Mark, if you like, you may draw a picture.  But first you must write the ending to the story.

The papers came in.  As in all the years past, most of the students said that the ant shared his food through the winter and both the ant and the grasshopper lived.  As always, a few children said, “The ant said, “No, Mr. Grasshopper. You should have worked in the summer and not played.  Now, I have just enough food for myself.”   So the ant lived and the grasshopper died.

But your son ended the story in a way different from any other child ever.  He wrote, “So the ant gave all of his food to the grasshopper; the grasshopper lived through the winter. But, the ant died.”  And the picture?  At the bottom of the page, Mark had drawn three crosses. He wrote, “He gave everything to us so that we might live; but Jesus died.”

The Bible declares, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   Romans 5:8
That’s amazing grace, CHRIST DIED FOR ME.
Of course, the rest of the story is that He did not stay on that cross, He died, He was buried and He arose. He lives and offers eternal life to all who will believe in Him.



One Response to ““BUT, JESUS DIED””

  1. Thank you Max. I love this story ! Children are so honest ,and so unashamed to talk about Jesus , If they have heard of Him. That’s the reason parents should make sure their children are in a good Church Sunday School (Bible Class) to learn while they are young !! Also my prayer is that I will not do any thing to hurt God’s heart. This was really a great reminder. Thank you too for studying and blessing so many with your devotionals .
    Love and Prayers, Joann

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