SAVING THE ANTS
The ants nest was in the middle of the paddock. The father said to his son, ‘The paddock must be ploughed.’
‘But the ants will be destroyed.’ The son, a ‘greenie’ protested.
‘Too bad, the paddock must be ploughed.’
So the son ploughed the paddock. Each day the circles around the paddock became smaller. Each day the son tried to save the ants.
First he stirred up their nest and made them angry,
‘Maybe that’ll shift them.’
But they stayed
Then he set out some honey in another place.
‘Maybe they’ll make a home near the honey.’
But the ants stayed
‘Maybe if I give them a better home.’ So he picked up as many ants as he could and put them in a new home.
Still they stayed.
‘I know, I’LL BECOME ONE OF THEM. Then they’ll listen to me.’
When he tried to become one of them, they grew angry and turned on him and would have destroyed him
The Father God looked on Mankind. Mankind was beautiful.
Satan, a beautiful, rebellious creation turned Mankind against the Father.
The Father would destroy mankind. So he flooded the earth but started again with 8 good men and women.
Soon Mankind was back where they started.
So the Father set up good men to judge MankindBut they were killed.
Then the Father sent prophets along to tell the people to return to the FatherBut they were killed.
Then the Father gave the people a dynasty of kingsBut they were killed.
‘I know,’ the Father said, ‘I’ll become one of them. They will listen to me if I am one of them.’
So Immanuel, ‘God with us’ came amongst us. He showed us the Father, His love and desire for us.
But we killed him off.
In reality, Immanuel ‘God with us’ took our place even in death. On him the Father vented his anger and judgement instead of on us.
Immanuel took our place on the cross and became Christ the Savior.
Christ gave us his goodness. When the Father saw us he saw only Christ’s goodness in us. He could then forgive us our awful behavior toward him and set us up as his children.
As we take the bread and wine let us give praise and thanks that we have been made completely clean. Even our conscience has been purged from our bad behavior and we are guiltless.
Immanuel ‘God with us’ came amongst us and then as Christ the Savior he re-instated us with the Father as a ‘new man.’