A father had a young son who was constantly in trouble so one day, the father went upstairs to find his son getting into things that he was told not to mess with. When the boy saw his father, he instantly knew that he was in trouble. Slowly the father took off his belt. He took his shirt off and then asks the boy to give him 10 lashes with the belt. The boy started crying and said he couldn’t do it. The father said that this was part of his discipline. Grudgingly the boy gave his father ten lashes from his father’s own belt. The boy was crying profusely when it was over. The father said, “Son, do you know why I did this? I did this to show you that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. He was beaten for our sakes even though He was innocent.”
From that day forward, the boy’s behavior changed dramatically. All because of an intentional lesson of love about Jesus. The young boy now understood that Jesus paid a penalty He did not owe for a debt that we could not pay.