Our Bible Study Fellowship class leader told us a story about a boy and his boat that is a little picture of what Christ has done for us.
A young boy made a small boat, with the help of his father, lovingly shaping and sanding the boat. After the boat was completed, he and his father would take the boat to open water and watch it sail. One such day, the wind took the boat out beyond their reach, and was lost. The boy would go back and look for it often.
One day the boy saw his boat in a store window for sale. The boy told the store owner that it was his boat, that he had made it himself. The store owner told him it may be so, but it was his now and the boy would have to buy it back. So the boy worked to buy the boat back. When the boat was safely back in his hands, he said to his precious boat, “You are twice mine. I made you and then I bought you.”
This is what Jesus did for us. He made us. We belong to Him. Our sin separates us from Him. Through His death on the cross, He bought us back.
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it;” Psalm 24:1
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10
“ all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.” Romans 3:23-25a