In this class I have plenty of assignments. The question is – what have I learned?
My hobby is searching for stories of lives changed through a redemptive process. The redemption process found in many of these stories is not always reflective of the remarkable way that Christ’s redemption has changed us. But since I believe that redemption is a kingdom principle, I believe that often times these acts of redemption in human form draw the antagonist in the story to seek out the greater meaning of redemption, which often leads to the foot of the cross. In many cases the “second chance” offered to the offender is impossible without an extension of forgiveness which is greater than any human heart can extend on its own.
One such story was published on the Tampa Tribune’s website – Tampa Bay Online.
It is a tragic way to learn of God’s love and forgiveness, but so is the “Greatest Story Ever Told.” And how poignant in this TBO story is the fact that the family from whom the most was taken had submitted themselves to Christ’s great redemption for forgiveness of their own sins.
The Apostle Peter writes, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21 ESV). But most of us could never believe it will cost us as much as they paid.
The article is found here: http://tbo.com/ar/357512/.
God bless you all!