My Only Son

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
-John 3:16 (NIV)

Chaplain Scott went with his commanding officer to inform a family that their son had been killed in battle. The father fell to his knees, grabbed the chaplain's hand and cried, "He was my only son!"

The young man who was killed in battle was a Christian and only the night before his death had expressed his faith to the other soldiers around him. He was aware of the possibility of meeting death on the battlefield and as a Christian, he had been prepared to die, if necesssary.

God knew exactly the heartache the man was feeling because His only Son had also been killed. Jesus Christ was aware when He walked toward Jerusalem that each step He took drew Him closer to death, yet He walked steadfastly onward. He had come to earth to fulfill His Father's plan and He would see it to its completion.

The young man died to preserve the freedom of his country. Jesus Christ died to give the freedom of salvation to all of those who choose to accept Him as Lord and Savior. Both the father of the young soldier and God, the Father of Jesus, suffered heartache so that we might be given physical and spiritual freedoms. What will we do with these unfathomable gifts?

Father God, thank you for Jesus Christ and for His sacrificial gift of salvation; and thank you for those who fight and die for the sacrificial gift of freedom.. In Jesus' name. Amen.

By Norma Sandborn, Indiana