'THE REDEMPTION STORY
-- by J. Sidlow Baxter
Away back in the grim old days of slavery, see that emaciated Negro as he waits trembling in a slave market. Soon he is sold to the hardest slave-owner- who ever curled a whip over the bodies of his cringing victims. The servitude is almost un endurably rigorous; the chastisements for default are merciless; the plight of the wretched slave and his fellows is pitiful. One night he attempts escape, but is dragged back, whereupon his gloating owner decides to inflict exemplary punishment - a major lashing such as almost always means death to the undernourished slaves. In the morning he is tied naked to the whipping-post; the whippers are called; and he is just about to be thrashed before on looking slaves and several white visitors, when a strange thing happens. One of the visitors, a tall, noble-looking gentleman, exclaims, “Stay; you cannot whip that poor slave so brutally; he will die!” The slave-owner, little dreaming what is to follow, glares and retorts, "Then die he shall, 'unless you, brave sir, will take his punishment.”' The handsome stranger steps forward. “You have committed yourself,” he says to the wicked owner. “Free the slave, and I will take the lashing .” He bares his back to the smiters; his body quivers under the lashes; but he endures manfully until the last two strokes, when he sinks to the ground, lacerated, bleeding, exhausted.
is more to follow, however.
Imagine our slave's increasing astonishment when, some days later,
he is summoned before
his master, who
says, “You are
my slave no longer. That
man who suffered for you has paid such a price to free you that I cannot keep
you any longer. Go. You are free.”
is even that all; for on going out the freed slave is intercepted by a messenger
from his amazing benefactor, with new clothing and good food, and a message that
all the money he can require has been deposited for him at a central
the climax comes when, on enquiring at the bank, he learns the name of his
wonderful deliverer- and succourer. He is a king's son; is
incalculably rich; is the freer of
many, many other suffering slaves; is so upright and noble, so strong yet
so humble, so unselfish, gracious and kindly, so
understanding and individually
sympathetic, that all his great household love him, and find him ever more
lovable the more they know him.
is it surprising that the consuming passion of our liberated slave is now to
traverse the hundreds of miles, whatever the hazards may be, if only he may get
to his benign benefactor, fall at his feet, look up into his face, become his
willing bondservant, then enjoy knowing him, loving him, serving him for ever?
Is it surprising that he wants to ever in his noble rescuer’s presence,
looking into that wise, kind, gracious countenance, knowing him face-to-face,
and even heart-to-heart?
my little parable seem far-fetched or over-drawn? Is not that noble benefactor
who suffered in the slave's place, and bought his freedom, & provided for
his needs, & became so dear to him, my
own divine Savior, the Lord Jesus?
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