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For Me

"For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:6-8)

During the Civil War in the United States, a farmer named Blake was drafted as a soldier. He was deeply concerned about leaving his children. His wife had died and there would be no one to support and take care of them in his absence. The day before he was to leave for the army, his neighbor Charlie Durham came to visit him. "Blake," he said, "I've been thinking. You're needed here at home, so I've decided to go in your place."

The farmer was so overwhelmed that for the next few moments he was speechless. The offer seemed too good to be true. He grasped the hand of the young man and praised God for this one who was willing to go as his substitute. Charlie went to the front lines and performed his duties nobly. But sad to say, he was shot and killed in the first battle. When Blake heard the news, he immediately saddled his horse and rode to the battlefield. After searching for some time, he found the body of his friend. He arranged to have it buried in the churchyard near the spot where they had often stopped to talk after services. On a piece of marble he carved an inscription with his own hands. It was roughly done, but with every blow of the hammer on the chisel fell tears from his own eyes. He placed the marker on the grave of his devoted substitute. Many villagers wept as they read the brief but touching inscription: HE DIED FOR ME. (From Bible Illustrator)

God's penalty for sin is death, but God through His love and mercy, allowed another to die in our place. Let us give thanks for God's unspeakable gift!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward