To my dear grandchildren,
by Man's Best Friend
"Go get some firewood from outside," Austin's mom said to him. Austin is an eleven-year old boy who lives 150 miles north of Vancouver in Western Canada. This part of Canada is all mountains and woods.
He stepped into his boots and pulled his jacket around his shoulders. A light fixture from the garage wall faintly lit up the darkness. The snow crunched under his feet as he walked to the woodpile. The boy's dog, a golden retriever named Angel, walked by his side. Out of the corner of his eye, in the faint light, he saw a shape rushing towards him. It moved too fast for a dog.
He suddenly realized it was a cougar. Before he even had time to scream out for help, Angel leaped up to defend the boy against the attacking cat, and a horrible fight broke out.
Austin watched stunned for a second. The cougar was bigger than Angel and an expert fighter. Austin realized he had to get away quickly to the safety of the house. He ran into the house and tried to tell his mom what was happening. At first she didn't understand what he was trying to say because he was so frantic. Then she heard the sounds of Angel whimpering outside.
She called the police for help. Police Constable Chad Gravelle was patrolling the neighbourhood. Within a few minutes he arrived at the home and, holding his flashlight, went into their backyard. He found the cougar and the dog near the back porch. The cougar was standing over the dog with the dog's head in its mouth. The officer drew his pistol and fired two shots at the cougar killing it.
The officer pulled the body of the cougar off the dog. Angel lay still on the ground; the side of her head was wet with blood where she had been bitten. At first, the officer thought the dog was dead too. He was surprised when, after a few seconds, Angel gasped for breath and stood shakily on her feet.
Later, officer Gravelle credited Angel with saving the boy's life. Angel was taken to a veterinarian to have her wounds treated and is expected to heal and be just fine.
Dogs are sometimes called "man's best friend," and in the case of Angel, risking her life to save Austin, you can easily see why. Everybody should have a friend so faithful and true. And as a matter of fact, we do. This friend is so faithful that even when we didn't deserve it, He stood between our enemy and us and died in the sinner's place.
"God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
The enemy we face is Satan, who, like a raging lion, seeks to destroy all he can. We are no match for his power or craft. Without help from the sinner's Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ, each one of us would certainly be lost.
This is how much the Lord Jesus loves you. He was willing to die in your place so that you might come to Him in faith, accepting Him as your own Saviour, and spend eternity with Him in heaven. Is there any other friend as faithful and loving? He truly is a friend who saw your great need and was willing to help you at a great cost to Himself - He died for you!
The Lord Jesus is the sinner's friend. The word "friend" comes from an ancient word that means "to love." No one has ever loved you like He does. Will you respond to His love?
He is patiently waiting for souls to turn from their sin and to trust Him. When they trust Him, they receive the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life.
Austin's life was saved by "man's best friend." Wouldn't you like to be saved for eternity by placing your faith in the sinner's Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ?
"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15).