The Day the
 King's Son Died
by Clinton White


Suppose you lived in a beautiful kingdom where the sun always shone and peace ruled continually. But then you did something very wrong to upset this peace. You killed a neighbor. The law of the kingdom said that a person who did this must be banished into darkness and then be executed. So you were taken into a very dark dungeon far beneath the king's palace to await your death. You were shackled to a damp wall with heavy chains. Rats scurried around your feet to scavenge a few of the meager crusts which were your daily diet. Your only drink was lukewarm water from a filthy cup. Then came the day for you to hang on the gallows for your crime. You could hear the executioner's feet drawing closer and closer to your dungeon cell. It was the custom of the kingdom to throw a sack over the victim's head and lead him to the slaughter. One of the executioners called your name ... but before you could respond a voice in the next cell, said ''I am here.”  You heard a key turn in the lock. The heavy door cracked open. They groped about in the dim light thrown into the cell by their lamps and they cast the sack over his head and led him out.

A huge crowd gathered before the high gallows and the king was present. The prisoner was led up the steps and the noose was slipped over his head.

You are still in your cell… in your darkness. Who is this man standing where you were sentenced to be?

The moment has come. The lever is pulled and his body plummets down through the gallows trap door. The rope snaps tight. There is a heavy gasp and a loud crack. His neck is broken and life is gone.

A trumpet sounds from the royal box. The king stands up and speaks:

"Cut him down and take the hood from his head. I want all the people to look at his face and understand that the wages of broken laws is death."

Several men went beneath the gallows and cut the body down. They carried it out before all the people and laid it on the ground before the royal box. The hood was untied and pulled off.

A cry came from the king, ''My son! My son!

Astonishment stunned the crown ... "It is the king's son," they gasped.

"Oh, my son is dead," mourned the king, "Where is the criminal who was sentenced to die? Find him! He shall die a thousand deaths because of this!” Then one of the executioners spoke, "Your Majesty, we found this note on his person." He handed the king a piece of paper. The king read, "Father, please forgive him. I gave my life for him. The law demands death for his crime ... but I have died that death for him. The price that I pay for his freedom is my life. If my life is dear to you ... then accept it as full price for this Crime. Restore to him all the benefits of your favor. Let him go completely free. "

The king lifted up his voice and decreed, "Open the prison doors. Let that man be fully restored to freedom with no charges against him. Let him live in the royal household. I shall receive him as my own because of the precious price that was given for his life. From this moment on, I shall look upon him not for who his is, nor what he has done ... but rather as someone very dear to me because my son ransomed him with his life. What is more valuable in my entire kingdom than that which has been purchased with my son's life?"


On the cross Jesus Christ shouted through bloody, swollen lips, "Father, forgive them".

On the cross His fingers curled around spike heads and blood poured from His palms. His feet throbbed with searing pain and blood drooled into the Golgotha dirt, making scarlet mud. Flesh hung in ragged tatters from His back where the Roman scourge had taken huge bites of skin and muscle. Thorn points stung His head and sent more tricklets of blood down into the red river which flowed from His body. Finally the agony reached a crescendo and the shudder of death coursed through His crimsoned limbs ... It is finished!"

The price had been paid.

Open the doors of wretchedness. Swing wide the gates of guilt and shame. Let the prisoners loose. The King's Son has died.

Who caused this tragic death? The Bible says, "Christ died to save sinners" (1 Tim.1:15). It was sinners who sent Him to that cross. Who are the sinners'? Scripture says, "All have sinned!" (Rom 3:23). You and I. He went there in our place!

So then, this is how you and I become the children of God... not by natural birth, not by religious precepts and principles we keep, not because we have made ourselves worthy... but because the King's innocent Son took the death we deserve, and the King regards the life of His Son above anything, anything at all.

He has accepted this as the complete price for our redemption.

If you accept Him as your Savior, you will have eternal life. You can do this today. In fact, you can receive Him right now!

Turn away from sin and selfishness... turn to Him. Ask Him to come into your life, and tell Him that you want to enter into spiritual life. Confess your sin. Ask for forgiveness. Tell God, in your own words, that you want to be saved, and you are willing to accept Christ as your Savior.


 Rahab: Universal
Story of Salvation

by Steve Gagnon

       The story of Rahab, the harlot woman of Jericho, told to us in the book of Joshua, gives the discerning reader an exciting foreshadowing of the saving blood of Jesus Christ and how all true believers can go from harlot to bride by faith in Jesus Christ. There are many points of great and wonderful spiritual significance weaved within the account of Rahab, a great woman of faith.

 We are all harlots
      One of the most important is that Joshua, whose life and deeds foreshadowed Jesus, sent messengers, who were symbolic of the Holy Ghost, to spy within the city of Jericho, which was representative of the world. In the city, or the world, the spies, or the Holy Ghost, found one who would receive the important message involving salvation. This is much like the work of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus sends into the world to seek out the hearts of potentially faithful men and women today. Once again the Jews and those people directly involved with them acted out in the flesh what would one day be fulfilled in the Spirit. Rahab, we are shown was a woman in great need. It is interesting to note that she is immediately identified in the Word as a harlot. I believe God intended it this way so that we all could identify with her.
      How could I identify with a harlot, you may wonder? Well the first of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses and the people of Israel states, "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me." Anyone that has ever placed anything before God that makes him less than first in their lives is guilty of breaking this commandment and has breached the intended relationship God wants to have with them. Doing this to God makes one a spiritual adulterer and in that sense we all are like Rahab the harlot. What honest person cannot identify with Rahab at some time during their life.

We are in need
Text Box: It should not be overlooked that Rahab saved the lives of the messengers by hiding them on the roof top of her house and then telling them to lay low for three days until the men looking for them had given up the search. For taking in these men and asking for mercy she and her willing relatives were saved. She, and all of Jericho (which stands for the world), had heard of the Lord’s mighty power and she had believed in it and acted upon that belief.  We, too, must believe in our hearts and then act on that belief. The book of Romans says:    9'”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”                As all humans, Rahab was a woman in great need. She did not recognize the gravity of her own situation until the day she was confronted by the messengers of God’s people. Since the victorious work of Jesus Christ was completed nearly 2,000 years ago God has been sending forth his Spirit to spy within the great walled cities of men’s hearts to deliver the message of truth, judgment and salvation. The two spies sent into Jericho brought the truth of God's mighty works which he had performed throughout the land. When Rahab spoke with these two spies who carried an important message it was confirmed in her heart that the many things of which she had heard about God's mighty works in the land were indeed true. The two men sent by Joshua into the walled city of Jericho were acting as ‘representatives’ of the Holy Ghost and the salvation message that He brings to the ears and hearts of men, even in the most desperate of situations. Anyone who has felt an hour of desperation in their life can be taught by Rahab’s story and what she needed to do in order to receive her salvation.

We must repent
      Her salvation is not without stipulation and warning of destruction to those who ignore it. Like the two spies, the Spirit also delivers the message of impending judgment against all that remain unrighteous. It reveals that God’s plan of salvation and redemption includes the overthrow and destruction of everything that is unfit for his Kingdom. The people who hear and believe the message brought to them by the Holy Ghost, as he ‘spies’ into their hearts, are offered the way out of the doomed city they dwell in; and shown that they can enter into a promised land of peace and safety and dwell with their Savior. When confronted with the truth, Rahab confessed God as Lord before the messengers and when she understood that God had a plan to destroy the city of Jericho and all the inhabitants within it she pleaded for mercy. Rahab's confession and request is like the cry from a repentant heart of one who acknowledges God for who He is and realizes their own deserved demise and seeks His mercy.

Rahab represents the salvation of the Gentiles
      For Rahab to escape death and enter into life in a new land, a land promised to another people, she had to believe the messengers that a devastating judgment was coming, and that the messenger of God would be true to the promise to save her. She had to believe that judgment would come and that she could be saved. As an act of belief she was required to place a scarlet colored cord from out of her window, one that could be seen at judgment time. The spiritual metaphor should be apparent. The window is a means of identity for Rahab and from it must be seen the scarlet cord which is symbolic of the shed blood of Jesus and its power to have the angel of death pass us by that we can be saved unto eternal life. The messengers made it clear that this was the only means by which she and any of her relatives who assembled in the place marked by the red colored cord would be delivered out of the condemned city and brought into the company of God's people to live with them in the Promised Land. Rahab and her family were not Jews. They were not at this time a part of the chosen nation of people whom God had promised would one day dwell in the Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey, but were heathen people known as Gentiles. God’s plan, however, included even outsiders and sinners, even sexual deviants; anyone willing to believe and enter in and this is who Rahab and her family represent.
     A lot can be gleaned here of the promises made under the new covenant to the Gentiles and of their ability through Christ to be grafted into the olive tree (Rom. 11:11-25) and of the promises that salvation is offered to whole households through the obedience of one individual. (Acts 11:14 & 16:31) Rahab was richly blessed in her obedience unto salvation; she was even given place in the genealogy of Jesus with her name listed in Matthew 1:5. She became the great-great-grandmother of King David; a distant ancestor of Christ Himself. This story of Rahab and how she and her loved ones were saved from the destruction of Jericho and given a place with God's chosen people can be a rich blessing of encouragement for the saved and unsaved alike. For when we all stand before the judgment throne of God the one decisive factor that all things will hinge upon is going to be whether or not the scarlet cord of Jesus' shed blood for the remission of our sins is seen hanging from the window of our being. If that blood covering is tied around our identity then we will hear those wonderful welcoming words from God our Father inviting us to enter into the Kingdom and our stay in that Heavenly eternal Promised Land will be granted. (Rev. 21:27 & 22:14)
       Won't  you, if you haven't already, invite Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and personal Savior and hang that precious scarlet cord from your window for all to see so that you may gain access into the Promised Land.