● 고전 1:18 십자가의 도가 멸망하는 자들에게는 미련한 것이요 구원을 받는 우리에게는 하나님의 능력이라
세계 2차대전 당시 독일의 10대 소년 뢰트거는 엉겁결에 군대로 끌려갔습니다. 소년병으로 주력부대가 점령한 곳을 따라다니던 뢰트거는 헝가리에서 길거리에 떨어진 멋진 십자가 목걸이를 발견했는데 교회를 다니지 않았지만 목에 걸고 다녔습니다.
2년 뒤 전쟁이 거의 끝나갈 무렵 독일군은 소련에 대패해 수많은 병사가 포로로 잡혔습니다. 그중에는 뢰트거도 있었고 독일군에게 엄청난 인명피해를 입은 소련군은 포로들을 대부분 사형시켰습니다. 뢰트거도 사형을 당할 위기에 처해 있었는데 갑자기 그를 유심히 보던 소련 병사가 사형을 준비하던 줄에서 그를 밀어내며 말했습니다.
“목에 십자가를 걸고 있는 사람이 나치에 충성했을 리가 없다. 이 사람은 강제로 끌려왔을 테니 송환시켜라.”
죽음에서 돌아온 뢰트거는 하나님의 살아계심을 믿고 예수님을 구세주로 믿어 신실한 크리스천이 됐습니다. 그리고 자녀들에게 습관처럼 십자가 목걸이의 이야기를 전하며 구원의 의미를 설명했습니다. 아버지의 간증에 감명을 받은 아들은 훗날 목사님이 됐고 사연이 담긴 십자가를 직접 고촌교회의 ‘크로스 갤러리’에 기증했습니다.
죄로 인해 이미 영혼이 죽은 죄인에게 새로운 생명을 주신 것이 십자가에 달리신 예수님입니다. 그 감격을 마음에 품고 새롭게 주어진 하루를 예수님을 위해 쓰십시오. 아멘!!
주님! 모든 죄를 사하고 구원하신 십자가를 품고 살게 하소서.
십자가를 볼 때마다 나를 위해 희생하신 예수님을 떠올립시다.
● For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)
A teenager named Röttger found himself marching amongst the German soldiers during World War II. He himself did not have any personal reason to be there except that he was drafted by the Nazi regime. So, he followed the other soldiers into Hungary, to a territory that was occupied by German forces. While he was there, he found a beautifully crafted crucifix necklace lying on the ground. He was neither a churchgoer nor knew anything about the cross, but the boy took it and wore it around his neck. Two years passed since the boy had taken ownership of the necklace. By then, Germany had been defeated by the Soviet Union, and the boy along with many German soldiers were taken prisoners. German invasion of the Soviet Union resulted in countless death, and the German prisoners were invariably sentenced to death. The boy too was standing in line about to be executed when one of the Soviet soldiers noticed the crucifix around his neck. He pushed the boy away from the line and said, “someone wearing a cross around his neck couldn’t have followed Nazi’s orders willingly. He must be returned at once.” After having only narrowly escaped death by the thinnest of margin, Rottger accepted Jesus as his Savior. He would tell the story routinely to his children as a chance to reflect upon the true meaning of salvation. Röttger’s son was so moved by the story that he would later donate the crucifix necklace to the cross gallery at an old village church. Like Röttger, we have all sinned and had been sentenced to death, but Jesus gave us new life by dying on the cross.
Live every day of your life with the joy of someone who has been given another chance at life. Dedicate your life to Jesus who saved us from eternal damnation. Amen!! Lord, let me remember in my heart how you paid with your life for my sin on the cross and saved me.
Let us remember Jesus who died for us whenever we look upon the cross.
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