026A - The Lamb of God

"In the Midst of Thee" - volumes 1 & 2 contain 200 favorite Glenn Rawson Stories - at: History of the Saints . org

From “In the Midst of Thee” – volume 1.

It was Easter Sunday. My family was watching a movie on television entitled “The Lamb of God,” about the life and atonement of the Savior. I left the room for a moment, and when I returned, I found my eight-year-old daughter down on the floor, curled up hiding her eyes and crying.

“It’s scary!” she said. “I don’t want to watch it.”

I looked at the screen. The Savior was stretched out on the ground, and the big Roman hammer had just driven the nails into His hands. I picked her up off the floor and cradled her on my lap. She snuggled in tight, and I explained what was happening and why as we watched Jesus be lifted up on the cross and die. I told her how Jesus suffered as payment for our sins and our mistakes so that we wouldn’t have to.

Well, then the scenes changed to the morning of the resurrection. I narrated the movie as Mary came to the tomb and found it empty, and as Peter and John ran to see for themselves. I explained the significance of John standing alone in the empty tomb, and turning back to look one more time. He believed!

I really wanted Hannah to understand that, yes, it is a scary movie, but it has the happiest ending of all time.

Well, after the movie was over, I was standing alone in the kitchen thinking, wondering if she really did understand. If ever there was a question for the ages, it has to be, ‘why was it necessary that Jesus suffer and die in such a horrible way?’ And if ever there was anything absolutely vital to understand, it’s the atonement of Christ.

I called her to me, squatted down on her level, and asked her, “Hannah, so why did Jesus have to die in such a scary way?”

She looked at me, and she said, “Well, so that when we make sin, we don’t get in so much trouble.” The answer was classic.

The Psalmist said, “… Out of the mouth[s] of babes … thou hast perfected praise?” (Matthew 21:16 reference to Psalms 8:2) In her simple and profound way she was absolutely correct! Because of Him, we don’t have to get in so much trouble. He paid indeed a scary price for our sins. Why?

My dear friends, please repent. For if you do not, your sins will be paid for twice – once by Him and again by you, and both in the most scary way imaginable!

As for my beautiful daughter, I smiled and gave her a hug. For now, she understands enough.

Glenn Rawson – April 4, 1999
Music: Hannah and the Movie – Michael Leavitt
Song: The Atonement – Breanna Bird, Corile Bird, Bret Bagley