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Paul Schneidmill


I once heard a story about a man walking along an ocean shoreline.  Near the water’s edge, he observed a young boy standing among an innumerable amount of starfish that had washed up on the beach.  The man noticed that the boy was picking up the starfish one-by-one and throwing them into the water.  The man came alongside the boy and asked him what he was doing.  The boy stated that the sun would be high overhead soon and its rays would kill the starfish on the beach, therefore, the boy was throwing the starfish back into the water to save them.  The man surveyed the shoreline and saw starfish as far as he could see. 


“You’ll never be able to throw all these starfish back into the ocean in time.”  The man proclaimed.  “You’ll only be able to save some of them.  What difference will that make?” 


The young boy picked a starfish, threw it in the ocean and replied, “It’ll make a difference for that one.”    


Not long after man was created by God (Genesis 1:27), he rebelled against his Creator and embraced all that was displeasing in the sight of the One who created Him.


In doing so, man embraced the damaging, deadly, devastating, and life-destroying entity that is known and exists as “sin.” 


Sin is the complete embodiment of anything and everything that is wrong pertaining to God’s standard of what is right (1 John 5:17).


Man’s embracing of this wholly awful substance, caused all of mankind, you and I, to end up in a state similar to the starfish of the story – helpless on the beach of life, awaiting imminent death from the incinerating heat of sin.


Fortunately for us, God loved (and still loves) mankind so very much that He sent His only unique Son, Jesus Christ, to pick us up off of the beach of helplessness and death, and provide a way for us to be returned to the free-flowing ocean of God’s love (John 3:16 – loose paraphrase and story parallel: mine).


However, this task was much more complicated and difficult than simply picking up starfish and throwing them into an ocean.  This task required a willing sacrifice of Jesus’ life and a payment that could only be made via the offering of His blood (Hebrews 9:11-28 – please read prayerfully).


This monumental and selfless act of the Lord Jesus Christ; made Him my Savior, and the Savior of the world.  His sacrifice made a life-saving and life-changing difference, not just for some, but for all.        


He sacrificed His life and poured out His blood to save you and me, because of who He is.


He is Christ, the Savior.


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