I have a riddle for you: There is a man standing over a dead body in a coffin, and another man walks in and asks, “Who’s in the coffin?”

The first man replies, “Brothers and sisters, I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son.”

Who’s in the coffin?

I will answer the question in the following story: There was a man who loved his son very much. They did many great things together — they made many things; they did many great works and helped others; they taught people how to get the most out of life; they even rescued people from dangerous predicaments.

One day, the man sent his son on a unique and dangerous mission. He was to visit a place where the residents would reject him. His friends would forsake him; his enemies would make fun of him, slander him, beat him, kill him. Yet by his death, he would rescue them from a terror greater than death itself.

These events transpired exactly as the man had predicted. But when the time came for his son to die, the man’s heart was broken as he watched him take his final breath. One of the curious onlookers asked, “Who is that man who just died?”

A man who observed the anguished father’s face answered, “Surely he was this man’s son.” This is the answer to the riddle.

The story does not end there, however; for this son rose from the dead. He is alive today, offering eternal life to all who will believe in him. And if you haven’t guessed, His name is Jesus Christ. The man in this story is God the Father.

Today can be the day of your salvation from the terrors of eternity without Christ. Are you willing to accept the gift of the Son?

Click here to learn how to accept this gift.

We ought not to talk of “sacrifice” when we remember the great sacrifice which He made who left His Father’s throne on high to give Himself for us. — David Livingstone

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.