Monday, February 21, 2011

The Parable of the Bicycle - ATONEMENT

In his book Believing Christ, BYU Religion Professor Stephen Robinson tells how he discovered a parable of the atonement.  As a struggling young divinity graduate student in the Boston area, young father he sent his six year old daughter to do chores and save her pennies in a fruit jar when she begged for a new bike.  After several weeks he had come into some money, so he took his daughter to the bike store with her chore change bottle.  She found the bike of her dreams--a pink and white mini bike with colorful streamers.  

Then she read the price tag.  Her face fell when she counted out her chore change.  She only had 61 cents.  With all the love of a tender parent he knelt down and with his arm around her said, “I’ll tell you what. You give me everything you’ve got and a hug and a kiss, and the bike is yours.” He had to drive home very slowly because she would not get off the new bike.  That’s how the atonement works--We do all we can and he makes up the difference. 

2 Nephi 25:23 “ is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”


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