Herald Journal Columns
Feb. 24, 2003
Pastor's Column

This story will give you a gift that keeps giving

By Tim Borg
Youth Pastor, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

I have a story to tell you today.

Now, this is no ordinary story. It is the kind that fathers would tell their young sons while gathered around a warm fire . . . or by mothers as they would tuck-in their sweet daughters for the night.

Like I said, this is no ordinary story. It's a special one.

Before I tell it there is something important that I would like for you to know about it. It is an ancient story, one that was first told many hundreds of years ago in a far away land.

But, contrary to this being a very old story from a far away place, it truly gives a special gift to everyone who hears it, no matter what land they are from or how old they are . . . and so I shall begin my story for you.

"A certain man who lived in the great city of the High King decided to leave his native city one day and travel to a neighboring city in hopes of making a quick fortune and also finding some exciting adventure there.

"So he set out with his purse full of money towards the neighboring city. It was a half days journey down to the valley below. Now, there was only one way to travel between the two cities.

"The great city was the city of light. It was set high upon the great mountain and was a mighty fortress city, a safe haven for all who made their dwelling there.

"But the neighboring city was set in the valley below at the base of the great mountain. It was also a center for trade being that a major trade route through the land passed by it.

"There, a person had to be careful, for danger lurked at every corner in that city. Vile, treachery, and all manner of evil could be found there, it was a very dark, mysterious city. between the two cities there was only one road to travel and it was a rough and perilous one.

"If a traveler was not careful they could slip and fall off the path to their death or could be met by evil men lying in wait to harm or rob them.

"As the man was on his way down to the city of the valley, he was ambushed by a band of robbers. They stripped him of his garments, took all of his money, and severely beat him. They left him for dead by the side of the road.

"A little while later, a certain devout holy man was traveling up to the great city on that same road, and when he saw the severely beaten man, he passed by on the other side of the road, and continued on his way.

"Not long after him, another religious man who too was traveling up to the great city likewise came to the place and saw him, looked on the man, and also passed by on the other side of the road, and continued on his way.

"But a certain man from a far away land who was on a journey, came upon the man, and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him, and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put the man on his own beast, and brought him to a nearby inn, and took care of him.

"And on the next day he took out two days wages and gave them to the innkeeper and said, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you."

There is such a story for each one of our lives . . . God has sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and He has come and He has seen each one of our needs.

He has shown compassion for each one of us, cared for us, and bandaged and healed our wounds by sacrificing His own life and shedding His own blood upon the cruel cross for us to pay the penalty for our sins.

He then arose again from the dead, and sits at God's right hand.

Now, He works through his people by the Holy Spirit to care for others, and who will testify to what He's done for us all, and will one day come again and rule as High King of All Kings.

If you believe in Jesus as your Savior and Lord you have received the gift that keeps on giving, so pass it on.

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