One man challenged another to an all-day wood chopping contest. The challenger worked
very hard, stopping only for a brief lunch break. The other man had a leisurely lunch and
took several breaks during the day. At the end of the day, the challenger was surprised
and annoyed to find that the other fellow had chopped substantially more wood than he
had. "I don't get it," he said. "Every time I checked, you were taking a
rest, yet you chopped more wood than I did." "But you didn't notice," said
the winning woodsman, "that I was sharpening my ax when I sat down to rest."
L. S. Chafer, Grace.
J. Vernon McGee tells this story about a man who wanted to argue about the Sabbath. The
man said, "I'll give you $100 if you will show me where the Sabbath day has been
changed." McGee answered, "I don't think it has been changed. Saturday is
Saturday, it is the seventh say of the week, and it is the Sabbath day. I realize our
calendar has been adjusted, and can be off a few days, but we won't even consider that
point. The seventh day is still Saturday, and it is still the Sabbath day." He got a
gleam in his eye and said, "Then why don't you keep the Sabbath day if it hasn't been
changed?" McGee answered, "the DAY hasn't changed, but I have been changed. I've
been given a new nature now, I am joined to Christ; I am a part of the new creation. We
celebrate the first day because that is the day He rose from the grave." That is what
it means that the ordinances have been nailed to the cross, Colosians 2:14.
J. Vernon McGee.