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Topic: ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (01/23/20)
TITLE: An Unanticipated Swap
By Ken Grant
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Calling his parents for help had been the hardest thing he had ever done in his life. The only thing he could imagine that would have been worse was not calling them. He was in deep trouble and they could make things better. What he couldn't have expected was how much better. They had both arrived and he had been ready for the worst. Instead, using only the words necessary, his father had instructed him to go home with his mother. It had taken him a while until it all made sense. His father was taking his place. His father would take the blame for what he had done and he would escape the consequences of his very poor judgment.
At the time he hadn't really appreciated the significance of what his father had done for him. Later, after encountering the living Christ and becoming a follower, he had learned of how his heavenly father had acted so that he would not have to pay the price for his sins. It reminded him so much of what his father had done for him. His father had been far from perfect, but in that moment he had been a perfect reflection of a loving, caring heavenly father. What should have been a disaster had turned out very different.
His father has passed from this life into eternity, but he always has that memory of that night. Every time he celebrates communion, he recalls not only the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for his sins, but also the selfless act of his father in taking his place. He knows that he is a beneficiary. He has received the benefit of the sacrifice of others that has made his life so much better than it could have been. As a result, all is very, very well.
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