When I was about 5 and my sister, Karen, was 7, I got in trouble. I don’t remember what I did, but my father was pretty angry with me. Daddy was a very loving, gentle man, but he was also stern with his discipline. I knew that I was in for it. Karen knew that, too, and she wasn’t about to let that happen. The typical older sister, she took on the role of leader and protector. As Daddy moved closer to deliver the inevitable spanking, Karen instructed me to climb under the coffee table. She stood between my father and me and said to him, “You spank me instead of Suzanne.” He was so moved that neither of us got punished that day.
Isn’t that just like our Savior? He covers our sins, provides a bridge to our Heavenly Father so our relationship can be restored. How blessed are we that we are offered the opportunity to commune with our God – to pray, sing, and worship knowing our sins are forgiven and there is nothing left to distance us from Him. How beautiful that this bridge to our God came to us in the form of a precious, tender baby.
O Lord, Thou didst show favor to Thy land; Thou didst restore the captivity of Jacob. Thou didst forgive the iniquity of Thy people; Thou didst cover all their sin. Selah.