Let me share a story from “The Gift for all people by Max Lucado.”

A boy went into a pet shop, looking to a puppy. The store owner showed him a litter in a box. The boy looked at the puppies. He lived each one up, examined it, and put it back in.

After several minutes, he walked back to the owner and said, “I picked one out. How much will it cost?”

That man gave him the price, and the boy promised to be back in a few days with the money. “Don’t take too long,” the owner cautioned. “Puppies like these sell quickly.”

The boy turned and smiled knowing. “I am not worried,” he said. “Mid will still be here.”

The boy went to work – weeding, washing windows, cleaning yards. He worked hard and saved his money. When he had enough for the puppy, he returned to the store.

He walked up to the counter and laid down a pocketful of wadded bills. The store owner sorted and counted the cash. After verifying the amount, he smiled at the boy and said, “All right, son, you can go get your puppy.”

The boy reached into the back of the box, pulled out a skinny dog with a limp leg, and started to leave.

The owner stopped him. “Don’t take that puppy,” he objected. “He’s crippled. He can’t play. He’ll never run with you. He can’t fetch. Get one of the healthy pups.”

“No, thank you sir,” the boy replied. “This is exactly the kind of dog I’ve been looking for.”

As the boy turned to leave, the store owner started to speak but (the boy) remained silent. Suddenly he understood. For extending from the bottom of the boy’s trousers was a brace – a brace for his crippled leg.

When did the boy want the dog? Because he knew how it felt. And he knew it was very special.

Just like the boy, Jesus Christ knows exactly how you feel. He knows what it means to be rejected, disappointed, frustrated, depressed, suffer pain, suffer sickness and many others. He knows and feels what you are going through. He is not just able to offer helping hand, He is also willing to help you get over and through that situation. He is a priest that can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.

He loves you so much that He left all to die for you. He did all even to the point of death to save and redeem you from the shame, punishment and curse of sin. He was poor that you can become rich. He was made sin so you can become the righteousness of God through and in Christ Jesus. He bore our infirmities so you can live without sickness and infirmities. He’s done all for you. The only remaining thing is for you to receive and believe in Him. For as many as received Him, Gave He them power to become the sons of God, and to them that believe Him.

Jesus paid for your freedom and liberty, let nothing put you back there. He has given you eternal redemption through His blood and has given to you eternal life. Jesus has paid it all. It therefore remains for you to believe and accept Him.

Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

God bless and keep you. Have a blessed week.

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