Guest Columnist

PARSON TO PERSON: Remembering the past


Picture in your mind grandpa taking little Johnny to Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, ia. Little Johnny says “Grandpa what are all those tractors and threshing machines?” Grandpa says “ these are the tractors we used when I was your age.” I learned to drive a tractor just like that one over there, we would hook it up to a special machine and bring in all the harvest food and store it in the barn. Little Johnny says “wow! As grandpa tells him about the past.”

Now look into your Bible and picture grandpa who is an Israelite taking little Johnny for a walk and Johnny says “Grandpa what are those twelve stones stuck in the Jordan River?” Grandpa begins to tell Johnny how God delivered his ancestors by dividing the waters and everyone crossed on dry ground. Then they placed those twelve stones there so they would remember how God had delivered them.

“He said to the Israelites in the future when your descendants ask their parents, what do these stones mean? Tell them Israel crossed the Jordan on dry land. For the Lord your God did to the Jordan what He had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the people of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord Your God (Joshua 4:21-24).”

Now picture grandpa and little Johnny walking passed a church and Johnny sees a cross and says what’s that? Grandpa says “along time ago God sent His only Son Jesus down from heaven to help everybody and learn how God wants us to live. When He was finished teaching us some people put Him on the cross and He died. What people need to remember is Jesus willingly died on that cross because He was the only perfect man who had no sin. Three days later Jesus did something no one else could do - He rose from the dead. Jesus died for our sins. We look at the cross to remember what Jesus did for us.”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him (John 3:16-17)”.

Let us remember how God has provided for us.