SACRIFICE

The mother of a nine-year-old boy named Mark received a phone call in the middle of the afternoon. 
It was the teacher from her son’s school.

 "Mrs. Smith, something unusual happened today in your son’s third grade class. Mark did something that surprised me so much, I thought you should know about it immediately." 
The mother began to grow worried.

 The teacher continued, "Nothing like this has happened in all my years of teaching. This morning I was leading a lesson on creative writing, and, as I always do, I told a story about the ant and the grasshopper:
 The ant works hard all summer and stores up plenty of food. But the grasshopper plays all summer and does no work.
 Then, winter comes. The grasshopper begins to starve because he has no food. So, he begins to beg, ‘Please Mr. Ant, you have much food, let me eat, too.’ Then I said, ‘Boys and girls, your job is to write the ending to the story.’ The teacher continued, saying, "Your son, Mark, raised his hand. ‘Teacher, may I draw a picture?’

  ‘Well, yes, Mark, if you like, you may draw a picture. But, first you must write the ending to the story.’

  As in all the years past, most of the students wrote that the ant shared his food through the winter, and both the ant and the grasshopper lived. 
A few children said, ‘No, Mr. Grasshopper. You should have worked in the summer. Now, I have just enough food for myself.’ So, the ant lived and the grasshopper died.
  But, your son ended the story in a way that is different from any other child in my experience. He wrote, ‘So, the ant gave all of his food to the grasshopper; the grasshopper lived through the winter, but the ant died.’  
And, the picture?  At the bottom of the page, Mark had drawn three crosses!!!"  What a remarkable, true story.  It seems safe to assume that Mark was brought up in a Christian home, and fully understood the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross at Calvary.  When God set His mind to fixing the problems that beset our world, He didn’t employ sticky-tape or string.  Instead, He used Roman nails and a cross of rough wood.