That Old Rugged Cross
There was a class of young people that no teacher was able to handle.
Two or three teachers had been run off from school this year by these
young people. Finally, a young man out of college heard about the
class and applied to the school. The principal asked the young man
"Do you not know what you are asking for, no one has been able to
handle these young people, you are just asking for a terrible
beating." After a few moments of silent prayer, the young man
looked at the principal and said,
"Sir, with your consent I accept the challenge, just give me a
The next morning the young man reported for class. He said to the
class "Young people, I came here today to conduct school, but I
realize I can't do it by myself, I must have your help. One big
boy, they called Big Tom, in the back of the room whispered to his
buddies" I'll not need any help, I can lick that little bird all by
myself." The young teacher told the
class if they are to have school, there will have to be some rules to go
He also added that he will allow the students to make up the rules, and
he will list them on the blackboard. One young man suggested
"NO STEALING". Another one shouted "BE ON TIME FOR
CLASS." Pretty soon they had 10 rules listed on the board.
The teacher had then asked the class what the punishment should be for
breaking these rules. Rules are no good unless they are enforced.
Someone in the class suggested that if the rules were broken, they
should receive 10 licks with a rod across their back with their coat
off. The teacher thought that was pretty harsh, and asked
the class would they stand by this punishment. The class agreed.
Everything went pretty good for two or three days. Finally Big Tom
came in one day very upset. He reported that someone had stolen
his lunch. After talking with the students they came to the
conclusion that Little Jim had stolen Big Tom's lunch. The teacher
called Little Jim up to the front of the room and asked him to remove
his coat. That little fellow came up the aisle with a great big
coat on. Little Jim approached the teacher and said, "I am
guilty and am willing to take my punishment, but please don't make me
take off my coat." The teacher reminded Little Jim of
the rules and their punishments and asked him again to remove his coat
and take his punishment like a man. That little fellow started to
unbutton that old coat, and the teacher saw that he did not have a shirt
on under the coat. The teacher asked Little Jim why he came to
without a shirt on. Little Jim said, "My daddy's dead and my
mother is very poor, I don't have but one shirt and my mother is washing
it today. I wore big brother's coat to keep my little body warm."
That young teacher stood and looked at the frail back and wondered how
he could lay a rod on that little back without even a shirt on.
He knew if he didn't enforce the punishment, the children would not obey
the rules, so as he drew back to strike Little Jim, Big Tom came down
the aisle. Big Tom asked "Can I take Little Jim's whipping
for him" The teacher agreed and Big Tom ripped his coat
off and stooped over and the teacher began to lay the rod on that
big back. But for some strange reason after only five licks, that old rod just broke in half.
young teacher buried his face in his hands and began to sob. He
heard a commotion and looked up to find not even one dry eye in the
Little Jim had run and grabbed Big Tom around the neck, apologizing to
him for stealing his lunch, and explained that he was so very
hungry. Little Jim begged Big Tom to forgive him. He told
Big Tom that he would love him till the day he died for taking his
whipping for him.
Aren't you glad that Jesus took our whipping for us, that He shed his
precious blood on Calvary so that we can have eternal life in Glory with
Him? We are unworthy of the price He paid for us, but aren't you
glad He loves us that much?