“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?”

La 1:12 NKJV

John Griffin, who controlled a railway drawbridge over the Mississippi River, took his young son to work with him one day. After putting the massive drawbridge up, Griffin was eating lunch when suddenly he heard the whistle of the Memphis Express roaring toward the crossing. Leaping from the observation deck, he ran to throw the control switch. Glancing down, his heart stopped! His son had fallen into the gears, trapping his leg in the cogs. Desperately he tried to devise a rescue plan, but there was no time. His son was down there—but there were four hundred passengers on the train! Griffin knew what he had to do. Burying his face in his arm, he pushed the master switch just in time to lower the bridge into place as the train thundered across. Then raising his head he looked into the passing windows with tear-filled eyes. There were businessmen casually reading the newspaper, ladies sipping coffee, and children eating ice cream. Nobody even looked at the control house or glanced down at the great gearbox. In agony Griffin cried out, “I sacrificed my son for you people. Don’t you care?” But as the train rushed by, nobody heard the anguished father’s words. On this Good Friday as we consider the cross where God sacrificed His Son for each of us, He’s asking: “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?” The question then becomes: “What…shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Mt 27:22 NKJV). There is only one right answer to that question: “Today, I accept You as my Savior and my Lord.”