A young man from a wealthy family
was about to graduate from high school.
It was the custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to
give the graduate an automobile. “Bill' and his father had spent
months looking at cars, and the week before graduation, they found
the perfect car. On the eve of his graduation, his father handed him
a gift-wrapped Bible. Bill was so angry that he threw the Bible down
and stormed out of the house. He and his father never saw each other
again. It was the news of his father's death that brought Bill home
again. As he sat one night going through his father's possessions
that he was to inherit, he come across the Bible his father had
given him. He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a
cashier's check, dated the day of his graduation — in the exact
amount of the car they had chosen together.
As I thought about this story, I couldn't help but wonder how many
people in this world have done the same thing to God. Literally
tossed aside a wonderful promise, because they didn't understand it,
or they didn't believe that it was possible. I also couldn't help
but to think how some people get stuck on the scene in front of the
cross. They focus on the life and events that lead to the cross and
fail to go any further.
They fail to see the other side of Calvary.