I heard a story a few days back about a well-known American pastor who was regarded as a wonderful illustrator. This pastor’s wife had died very suddenly at a young age and they had a daughter who was only about 8 years old at the time.
Well, when her mother died, the confused girl came to her dad and asked him, if Jesus had died for our sins just like her daddy always taught her, why her mommy had to die.
This man, who had this brilliant gift of illustration, was at a complete loss. Overcome by grief himself, he just couldn’t manage an answer. So he hugged his daughter and asked her to give him a little time to think about her question.
A short time later, he was out walking down the sidewalk with her on a bright, sunny day when a large truck passed by them. The pastor thought for a moment and then turned to his daughter. He said,
“If you had to be run over by what just passed us by, would you rather be run over by the truck itself or its shadow?”
The little girl looked at him and quickly replied “Well, of course I would rather be run over by the shadow, daddy.”
He paused, gently knelt beside her, and said, “That is what Jesus has done for us. In dying on the cross, He let the truck of God’s judgment pass over him, so that only the shadow of death now passes over us.”
Jesus pushed us out of the way and took our place in the path of that truck; the truck of God’s righteous judgment.
All we need to do now is recognize that we deserved what He received, thankfully accept his sacrifice, and accept him as our Lord and Savior.
Then we can remain in his “shadow” eternally.
Romans 10:9-11 (ESV): 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”