It’s Easter!! This story is so relevant and precious. Do sit back and enjoy, I really hope it will mean something to you!☺️
Bound up in shackles so heavy that we could barely move,
In bondage of this one we called master – sin; subject to whatever he would have us do, not minding the consequences.
He became our nature; what we lived for, as we knew no other
Until one day, this man came knocking at the door of our dungeon, said His name is Jesus. We could not come out to answer, for the ruler who kept us imprisoned would rather have us detained.
“What do you seek?” the ruler asked the stranger.
“To save and set these free so they can come with me”, said He.
“These ones cannot be freed, for a burden is upon them which they must bear”, insisted the ruler. He decided what should happen to us for we resided in his territory.
But this stranger replied, “Whatever burden they must bear be upon my shoulders and whatever the cost for their freedom, I will surely pay”.
Amazed at the authority with which this stranger spoke and stopping to think for a moment, the ruler then defended, saying “nobody is able to pay the price for these people for the cost is too high and the consequences involved, severe.”
“Take me instead I say, for neither are these ones able to pay for themselves, but I will be a ransom for them; I will stand in for them, indeed I alone am able to do it.”
Enraged, the ruler summoned his strong men and they seized this kind stranger, for nobody dared come into his territory and leave scot free. They stripped Him of His robes and beat Him with rods. His innocent blood gushed like streams of water and every burden that was laid upon Him set someone free. All our shame, all our pain, all our fears, all our foolishness, they threw upon Him and heavy as they proved, He bore them for us in His body. As they threw each burden upon Him, they screamed the name of the person it belonged to for it should have been their responsibility but it had become His.
This poor, innocent man wept bitterly and as the whole incident was taking place, we the prisoners only watched and scorned for we knew Him not but He was about to buy us; this stranger was about to take us away from the only life that we had known – our wretched life of slavery.
For we were ignorant slaves, not acknowledging that we served a low-life, rather no-life. Being full of ourselves we built up selfish pride, thinking we were right in ourselves; so foolish the pride that its height surpassed us.
As they beat the stranger we jeered and though we weren’t able to pay the price for ourselves, we mocked Him for boasting of His ability.
Yet this man, in all these did not utter a word of complaint and we noticed His tears were not for His pains but for those, because of whom He bore them – if only they would understand. As He wept, He repeated the names of each slave, one after the other. He wanted to make it clear that He was setting each person free, for He thought of us not as a whole but as one wretched sinner after another. We could tell for some reason that His heart was breaking. Could this have been love? We wondered in amazement, asking “How can a stranger love those who know Him not, much less think of doing such for them? How could He tell if they will come with Him afterwards?”
After He was beaten, He was taken to a lonely, deserted place and there was hung on a tree, so high we could see Him from afar. Alone and helpless He was – or so we thought.
When the ruler saw what had transpired, he called his friends and drank wine with them; for he had thought that he had gotten rid of the stranger and could still detain us slaves.
As the nights passed, some of us could not sleep for all we could think about was the stranger that we hung on the tree, helpless. On the third day after the stranger was tortured and hung, we went up to see the stranger but all we could find was an empty tree, for there was nobody hanging on it. We wondered what had happened to the stranger’s body; we could have sworn it was hanging there the night before. But turning around to leave, we were astounded as we beheld the stranger standing there with us in clean robes and a bright smile; how His wounds were washed, we know not. So we stood there amazed, in awe of what a sight was before us and when the ruler found out about this, he came and stood before the stranger to see for himself. Shocked and defeated, he fell to the ground. We could have helped him up but we were still in awe, unable to comprehend anything that happened.
The stranger then called out to all the slaves with a loud voice, “follow me, I have paid your debts, I have borne your burdens, I have defeated your ruler. You are mine now, I have bought you back.” As He spoke these words, our eyes were opened for we had been blind all along, not being able to recall that this stranger had been our master long before we wandered away and became slaves of the sin we found on our adventure. We were too preoccupied doing what we thought was good for us and serving the wrong ruler, who although promised us many things, still oppressed us severely. We did not mind because we were too obsessed with our selfish desires, too interested in what he had to offer us. We had to pay for these things with the last drop of our blood, our very lives! But this ‘stranger’, whom we called so, did it for us.
When we realized all these we fell on our face, ashamed and broken but He softly urged us to get up for He had taken all our shame away. We tried to repay Him but we had nothing with which to pay, His sacrifice was priceless! All He asked of us was total submission to Him as our new ruler. Weeping bitterly for our foolishness, we brought everything that we had and laid it at His feet, in assurance that He was able to take care of all that concerns us.
As we did so, our shackles were fallen off from us and oh, what freedom! We had no more burdens to carry. That wall of pride within us was torn down so that His character of love could be built up in us; so we could be transformed completely to be like Him – clean, beautiful within and free; His new possession.
So we followed this stranger and soon recalled His name – Jesus!
Since then we have never been in regret, for this new life is all we’ve really needed. How did we miss out on such a beautiful thing for so long?