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Chocolate 100s and 1000s!


Years ago, when I was at school, there was an ice-cream van that sat outside the school gates at lunch time, selling ice-creams, chocolate bars, sweets and crisps to school boys whose parents probably thought they were paying for a substantial school dinner! Sometimes, your ice-cream could be literally smothered with chocolate 100s and 1000s, and sometimes the ice-cream man would sell sweetie bags full of the little chocolate chippings! We used to buy a bag and hide it in our pockets, and surreptitiously feed upon it all afternoon, when we should have been listening to the teacher.

One day, my granny got to hear about these little bags of chocolate, and decided she would like some to decorate a cake. She gave me the money and I dutifully went to the van at lunch time and bought the 100s and 1000s. Now, my mind frequently wandered in class, but on that afternoon, it was very focussed indeed, not upon the lessons of course, but upon the chocolate! The thought of that delicious confection just sitting there, waiting to be eaten, became too much for me. Sure, just a wee handful would never be missed! So, I slipped a few of the grains into my mouth. You know what happened next! Once I started I couldn’t stop, and soon the bag was empty! The temptation was just far too great for me!

Do you know that temptation to sin is part of the experience of every person who ever was born! In the Bible, Paul the apostle tells us that “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man.” We all experience it, and very often we will simply give in to it! It is part of our make-up, as human beings, why we are by nature separated from God who is too holy to tolerate sin in his presence. Jesus, God’s Son, was also tempted, but the Bible tells us that He was without sin, and that makes Him uniquely able to take our sins upon Himself when He died on the Cross.

When I finally realised that the chocolate bag was empty, and I had no money to pay for more, I reckoned my immediate future was perilous indeed! Giving in to the temptation would certainly warrant some penalty! There was only one thing to do. I had to admit what I had done, and ask for forgiveness, and that is just what I did. And we must go to Jesus, and admit our need, and ask Him to come into our lives and be our friend and Savour! His word says, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

From → Evangelism

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