This morning I read a story which I read a long time ago. It is the beautiful story of a little boy who bought a puppy nobody wanted. It was smaller than the other puppies, and had a bad leg. It couldn’t stand up very well, and when it tried to walk, it limped very badly. The pet store owner explained that the puppy didn’t have a hip socket so it will always limp and be lame. The little boy decided that he wanted this lame puppy instead of the other ones which cost fifty dollars and more. All the boy had was a dollar and forty-seven cents.
The pet store owner told him that the puppy was not for sale but offered to give him for free. This upset the little boy who said, “No, I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as the other dogs you have for sale. I’ll give you a dollar and forty-seven cents now, and I’ll give you fifty cents a month until I have paid for this dog in full.”
The pet store owner was puzzled. He couldn’t understand how anyone, especially a little boy would want a lame puppy. He tried to discourage the little boy. “You don’t really want to spend your money on this little dog, son, He is never going to be able to run and play with you like other puppies.”
What the little boy does and says next is simply touching. He pulls up his trouser leg and shows the pet store owner a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. “Mister I don’t run and play too good myself. I figure this little puppy is going to need someone like me to understand.”
This little boy valued a puppy that no one else wanted. He wanted to pay for him in full. This is like Jesus. We are the lame puppy whom nobody wanted but God saw our value and He sent His Son to pay for us in full. Jesus was sent to save the lost, the broken, the lame, the hurt, the sick, etc. He bought us at a steep price. He paid for us when He went to the cross. The prophet Isaiah said that Jesus “has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows”. He was wounded for our trangressions (Isaiah 53:4, 5). He took on our sins and died the death that we deserved.
He is our compassionate High Priest who knows and understands what we go through just as the little boy understood what the puppy was going through. He was lame like the puppy just as Jesus was human like us and tempted like we were but did not sin. Jesus can identify with our loneliness, pain, suffering, feelings of rejection.
The price of love is steep but Jesus and this little boy were willing to pay it. The little boy bought the puppy because he figured that the puppy needed someone like him who could understand. Jesus bought us because we needed Someone like Him who could understand.
The Bible says, that God “knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust” (Psalm 103:14). It reminds me of when He wanted to save the people of Nineveh. They were like sheep without a Shepherd. They were lost. God said to Jonah: “But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”
Praise God for His love and mercy and goodness toward the city of Nineveh and to us. And praise Jesus for buying us so that we can be with Him forever.