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Ma, Said the Lil’ Girl..!

29 Mar. 2013 12:00 AM IST

“Ma,” said the little girl, scampering after her mother, as they walked back home from the mall they’d just visited, “What’s Good Friday?”
“It’s the day Jesus died on the cross!” said the mother as she smiled at her daughter’s widening eyes, and knew what the next question would be.
“If Jesus died on the cross, how can we call that day, ‘good’ ma?” asked the child.
“Do you remember that day, six months ago, when we gave you a puppy?” asked the mother.
“Yes, ma, and he cried and cried all night, and kept daddy awake with his whining and yelping!”
“Yes my girl, and what did daddy say the next day?”
“He said if he heard another sound the next night he would throw the puppy out of the house!”
“Ah!” said the mother, “You remember that don’t you? And by that time you had grown to love your little puppy!”
“I was so sad,” said the little daughter, “And I was wondering what to do, and then I came into your room, just before you were going to sleep!”
“We were surprised to see you,” said her mother, “It was way past your bedtime, you were crying and daddy asked you what was wrong!”
“I told daddy, if the puppy cried that night, he could throw me and not the puppy out of the house!”
“Yes,” said the mother, “Good Friday is just like that!”
“Jesus wanted to save a puppy?”
“Jesus wanted to save us!” smiled the mother, “Like your puppy’s disturbing sounds, we had made God angry with our wicked ways, and God would have had to punish us for all we had done, but then, instead Jesus came down to earth and took our punishment!”
“Like how I told daddy I would take our little puppy’s punishment?”
“Yes,” said the mother, “But it wasn’t merely being thrown out of a house, he was beaten, and nailed to a cross, till he died!”
“So it was good for us, wasn’t it?”
“Yes my child, just as it was good for the puppy that you decided to take it’s punishment, it was good for us people that Jesus decided to take our punishment. Today I can talk and walk with God despite my wickedness, bad habits, wrong ways because somebody else took the punishment for me!”
     The girl and her mother walked home and the mother looked as the little puppy came running out of the house and jumped into her daughter’s arms, “She seems to be grateful to me mother!”
“Yes my child, just as we should be grateful to Jesus for taking our punishment..!”

   
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