Welcome to a week of guest curators for Zeph Daily, in honour of Refugee Week!
Today’s Zeph Daily is written by Wellington Moyo. Wellington lives in Bradford and is a refugee. He has worked for many years to improve the lives of refugee communities across Bradford, and is a trustee of Bradford Refugee Forum. Here are his reflections for today…
Have you ever heard of the statement ‘If this isn’t love then what?’ Here is a story of supernatural love which only comes from a heart that has been sanctified by the Spirit of God, for God is love (John 4:8)
In a certain church just before the service, the local Pastor stood up to introduce the guest speaker for the upcoming evangelical series. After introduction, the elderly guest Pastor who was seated in the congregation was invited to the pulpit to say a few words to the congregation, and these were his words;
‘Many years ago there was a man who was caught up in a terrible storm with his son and a friend’s son. He and his son were born again Christians, while the son of his friend was not. The storm became more violent and death was lurking. Grabbing the lifeline, the father had to make the most difficult decision of his life, to which boy was he to throw the end of the line to save him’
At this moment there was dead silence in the congregation and everyone was eager to hear how it ended. The old Pastor continued with his story;
‘The father had only seconds to save one of the boys otherwise he would lose them both. He knowing that his son was born again and washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, he thought it better to save his friend’s son whose sins were not yet forgiven. He thought the agony of his son dying in the sea being a child of God was much better than his friend’s son dying without hope. So the father shouted “I LOVE YOU SON” as he threw the line to his friend‘s son. So he sacrificed his son’s life to save the life of a friend’s son’
At the end the local Pastor asked if anyone wanted to say anything about the story, and a zealous young man said this;
‘That was a very touching story, but how would a loving father sacrifice his own son hoping that the son of a friend will one day become a Christian? What if he refused to repent after the man has lost his son?
The old Pastor smiled and quoted this scripture verse;
John 3: 16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
In deed Jesus Christ sacrificed His life on the Cross to give us a sweet Salvation and let not this love pass you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJYCZfnbf0w – Pass me not oh gentle Saviour song (my brethren in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)