Rev. Thomas Martin.
Each week a member of the local clergy will be sharing their
thought for the week. This week Rev. Thomas Martin from Lisburn
Free Presbyterian Church talks of sacrifice and the sacrifice of
Jesus for mankind.
FOR many years in the marketplace of Rotterdam, Holland stood
an old corner house known as 'the house of a thousand terrors.' In
the sixteenth century King Philip II of Spain ruled over Holland.
In his hatred of the Dutch, he tortured, maimed, imprisoned,
and exiled thousands. When the people rose up in defiance, he sent
a Spanish army under the Duke of Alva to put down the rebellion.
The city of Rotterdam held out valiantly for some time, then
finally fell before the Spanish army.
The victor went from house to house, ferreting out the
citizens, then slaying them wholesale in their houses.
In one house a group of men, women and children huddled
together, a thousand terrors gripping their hearts as the Spanish
soldiers approached. Suddenly a young man had an idea. Taking a
young goat belonging to the premises, he killed it, then with a
broom swept its blood under the door of the house. Then they
waited breathlessly as footsteps approached. Soon the Spaniards
were banging at the door.
Then they heard one of them say 'look at the blood running
under the door. Come away, men, the work here is already done."
They lived because a goat had died. We too can live for Christ has
died, shed His precious blood and paid in full the debt of our
sin. The work needed to save guilty sinners was 'done' at Calvary.
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed
in the blood of the Lamb? The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son,
cleanseth us from all sin.