Trap and Ransom

*Please read this story thoughtfully, as I have numerous times, seeing yourself as the man walking down the trail. Though the author is a dear friend, they wish to remain anonymous, so I will honor their request. Blessings, Ed 😊

There was something; not sure what it was.

It was hazy or misty or foggy, so not clearly seen.

There was a man walking down a trail.

Just off the trail was something beautiful. 

It was the thing that the man on the trail wanted most. 

It might have been Fame, it might have been money, it might have been gold, it might have been a house or car, it might have been sex, or it might have been Revenge. Maybe an addiction.

It glistened, and it was pretty.

The man rushed off the trail and grabbed this thing he wanted so much.

As soon as he did, a trap closed, and he was caught by the arm and hand. The man screamed in pain.

A demon walked out of hiding and laughing, put a collar on the man, and then a leash. The demon opened the trap and pulled the man away. “I knew what you loved most in the world,” the demon said.

The demon had a sharp stick, and he poked the man several times until he was bleeding and crying. The man begged, “Please don’t hurt me,” which made the demon laugh even more.

The demon laughed and said, “This is going to be fun.”

Then another person came and spoke to the wounded man on the leash. “Do you want to be free he asked?”

“Please help me.” He cried. 

 The second man spoke to the demon. “Let the man go.”

The demon said “no I caught him. He’s mine.”

The second man asked, “What are you going to do with him?”

The demon replied. “Oh, I’m going to have fun with him. I’m going to torture him. I’m going to poke him and hurt him in many ways.  When I get tired of him, and I eventually will, then I will kill him.”

“Let him go and take me instead.” said the second man.

The demon laughed. Then the second man said, “Yes, really, let him go and take me.”

The demon said, “Okay, I’ll do that.”

So, the demon put a collar on Jesus and then a leash. Then the demon set you free.

Jesus is your Ransom.

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