It was Easter week and I was fishing off the pier with our eight-year-old grandson. We untangled the lines, baited the hooks, then sat on the bench to wait for a catch. I’m thinking to myself, “This is going to be a long morning.”
Then, “Isn’t this fun Grandma? I mean, even if we don’t catch anything, it’s just fun, isn’t it!”
“It sure is, Brad! But the best part is being with you! Tell me something. Do you know what day tomorrow is?”
“It’s Good Friday, Grandma. It’s the day we remember Jesus died on the cross.”
“That’s right! But if it’s the day Jesus died, then why is it called GOOD?”
“It’s good Grandma, because Jesus died for our sins so that someday we can go to heaven. If He had never died for us, then we would still be in our sins—and we’d go to hell.”
“You are absolutely right, Brad. I’m glad you know this. God has given you parents who love you enough to teach you the most important story in the history of the world.”
Just then I noticed a seagull walking toward our small bait bucket.
“Brad! Quick! Put the lid on the bucket! That seagull is after our bait!”
Brad scrambled to secure the lid. Whew! That was close.
Then, “Grandma, the seagull is still walking toward the bait bucket.”
“It’s okay, Brad. The lid is tight.”
“GRANDMA! OUR BAIT!”
We watched in shocking disbelief as the seagull flew high in the sky carrying off our bucket of bait—in his beak!
- Teach [God’s Words] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19
- God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21