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LIFE OF CHRIST ~ 3

Hello Family and Friends,

Snap_the_Whip_published_September_20_1873

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HE TOOK MY WHIPPING FOR ME

In the mountains of Virginia years ago there was a boy’s school class which no teacher could

handle. The boys were so rough that the teachers resigned.

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A young gray-haired teacher applied for the job. The old school director scanned him up and

down, then said, “Young fellow, do you know what you are asking for? An awful beating, that’s

what. Every teacher we’ve had up there gives up in defeat. The young teacher replied, “I’ll risk

it. Let me try.”

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Well, when he appeared for duty in the little school, one big fellow, Tom whispered out loud,

“I won’t need any help; I can lick him myself.”

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The teacher said, “Good morning. We have come to conduct school.”

The students yelled a sarcastic “Good Morning” back at the teacher at the top of their lungs.

“Now, I want a good school,” the teacher continued, “but I confess, I don’t know how unless

you help me.” Suppose we have a few rules. You tell me and I’ll write them on the

blackboard.”

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One fellow yelled, “No stealing!” Another chipped in, “On time!” Finally ten rules appeared.

“Now, said the teacher, “a law is not good unless there is a penalty attached. What shall we do

with the one who breaks them?”

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“Beat them across the back ten times without his coat on!” came the shout.

“That is a pretty severe punishment boys, are you ready to stand by it?”

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A yell in the affirmative greeted the teacher. “All right”, said the teacher, “then school comes

to order.”

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In a day or so “Big Tom” found his dinner was stolen. Upon inquiry the thief was located – a

little hungry fellow about ten. The next morning the teacher announced, “We have found the

thief and he must be punished according to your rule – ten stripes across the back! Jim, come

up here!”

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The trembling little fellow came up slowly with a big coat, buttoned and pinned up around his

neck. He pleaded, “Teacher, you can lick me as hard as you like but please don’t make me take

off my coat.”

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“You helped make the rule,” reasoned the teacher, “take the coat off.”

“Oh teacher, don’t make me!” he begged, but the teacher’s stern face showed no

leniency, 

so he began to unbutton. And what did the teacher behold? The lad had no shirt on and only

strings for suspenders over his bony little body.

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“How can I whip this boy?” thought the teacher. “But I must do something if I am going to keep

this classes respect.”

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Everyone was quiet as death. “How come you came to school without a shirt, Jim?” asked the

teacher.

“My father died, and we ain’t got much. I only have one shirt, and mother’s washing it today, so

I wore my brother’s coat to keep warm.”

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With a sigh of a heavy heart, the teacher hesitatingly grasped the rod in his hand. Just then

“Big Tom” jumped to his feet and said, “Teacher, if you don’t mind, I’ll take Jim’s licking for

him.”

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“Very well, there is a certain law that one can take another’s punishment for him. Are you all

agreement?”

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With the classes consent Tom removed his coat, and after five strokes the rod broke. The

teacher bowed his head and thought, “How can I finish this awful task?”

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Then he heard the entire class sobbing and what did he see? Little Jim had reached up and

caught Tom with both arms around the neck. “Tom, I’m awful sorry, Tom, I was so hungry. I’ll

love you till I die for taking my licking for me. I’ll love you forever!”

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Yes there is a certain law that one can take another’s punishment for him. The wages of sin is

death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Author Unknown

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No man ever loved like Jesus.  He taught the blind to see and the dumb to speak.  He died on

the cross to save us.  He bore our sins.  And now God says, ‘Because He did, I can forgive you.’ 

~Billy Graham

 

 

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Jesus’ death was prophesied long before he walked the earth. As the Messiah, Jesus willingly

consented to the horrible death on the cross.  By doing so He became the sacrifice for the

sins of the whole human race.  Jesus balanced the scales of God’s justice for mankind’s debt.

 Because of this, all who trust in Him can be forgiven and receive salvation.

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I read about a man who back in the days of slavery went to a slave

auction and bid and won a young black woman.  When he went to her

she spat in his face with hatred.  He then produced her manumission

papers (freedom papers)  and gave them to her.  He said, ” I bought you

so I could free you.”  She then fell at his feet and excitedly told him, “I

will serve you forever.”

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This is what Jesus did for us.

 He died so we  could be saved from our sins.

 He paid the awful price that we could never pay.

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