Sharing the Savior’s Story
Lay Your Burdens Down
A lawyer moved into a new community, hung out his shingle, and buried
himself in his new practice. In the morning and evening, townspeople
would watch him walk alone to his practice. His head would hang, his
shoulders stoop, and always there was an expression of sadness and sorrow
upon his face. One day the lawyer did mange to confess to a Christian
artist that, when he was just starting out, he had committed a grave
error. Yesterday’s sin was still stalking him, even now. The artist
listened; he gave no guidance or suggestions, at least not then.
Weeks later, he did invite the lonely lawyer to see a new painting
at his studio. The attorney arrived for the viewing and was led to a
portrait, displayed by the window. There he saw a picture of himself.
It was himself, but it was different. In the picture he was standing
with his shoulders back, his head lifted up, and a look of hope was
shown in his smiling face. Behind him, in the background of that picture,
was a hill, and on that hill an empty cross. At the foot of the cross
had been placed, along with many others, a great, heavy package.
Evidently, he had, at least according to the artist’s intentions,
left his burden at the cross and had found something there that had
changed him, which had made him a new creation. The artist explained
what he had painted. He pointed out the other packages. They were, he
said, packages filled with sins and worries. One of those packages,
he didn’t say which, had been his. The other boxes belonged to
other Christians. They, too, had been left at the cross.
Excerpt from The Lutheran Hour broadcast of: July 13, 2003