Every cow has a special place onÂ a farm. When a cow or calf diesÂ it is noticed. Blackie lived on FarmerÂ Richardâ€™s ranch with her healthy andÂ happy calf. Up in the barn was a hungry,Â sad, orphaned calf.
Blackieâ€™s calf unexpectedly died onÂ a dark and rainy night. Without herÂ calf, Blackie was lonely and sad. ScentÂ is very important to mother cows, so noÂ other calf could take the place of her calfÂ because others do not smell the same.
Farmer Richard had learned how toÂ help his herd. He sent one of his sons toÂ take the skin from the dead calf and putÂ it on the orphan in the barn. BecauseÂ Blackieâ€™s calf died and its skin was givenÂ to the orphan, the orphan lived. WhenÂ Blackie went to smell the orphaned calf,Â it smelled like her own calf. BlackieÂ accepted the calf as her own. She fedÂ and protected this calf as if it was theÂ one she had given birth to last week.
Just as every cow and calf is special onÂ a farm, so every person is special to God.Â God loves us so much that He sent HisÂ only Son to die on the cross for our sins.Â It says in John 3:16 â€œFor God so loved theÂ world that He gave His only begotten Son,Â that whoever believes in Him should notÂ perish but have everlasting lifeâ€.
We must ask God to forgive us for allÂ our sins believing that the Lord Jesusâ€™Â precious blood will make us completelyÂ clean. When God forgives us, our sinsÂ are washed away. Then when God looksÂ at us, He sees the work of His Son, andÂ He accepts us as His own children.
While the Lord Jesus was on earth bigÂ crowds of people followed Him to hearÂ His words. People brought their childrenÂ to the Lord Jesus but the disciplesÂ told them off. Because the Lord JesusÂ loved the children, they were special toÂ Him, He said to the disciples, â€œLet theÂ little children come to Me, and do notÂ forbid themâ€ (Matthew 19:14). WhenÂ we are the children of God, He will lookÂ after us because we are His own. He willÂ always be there for us. â€œThe Lord yourÂ God is with you wherever you goâ€ (JoshuaÂ 1:9). He loves us more than anyone elseÂ ever could.
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