By: George Zellar
This remarkable story of heroism comes from an 1896 newspaper article:
“Albert Drecker is the bridgetender at the Passaic river draw bridge, on the Newark and New York railroad. On Friday afternoon, just previous to the time for a passenger train to reach the bridge, the draw was open. Mr. Drecker knew that the train was coming. He began to turn the bridge, so as to close the draw before its arrival. At this moment he saw his ten year old son fall from the bridge into the river below. The agonized father saw the train coming swiftly toward the bridge, and knew that there was barely time to close the draw. A leap into the stream at this moment, and he could save his child. But the train came thundering down, and he knew that if he left his post for even a single instant, a hundred lives might be sacrificed, so he stayed. None of the passengers knew what their safety had cost the poor workman, who sprang into the river only to take hence the lifeless body of his boy. Think, if you can, of the terrible alternatives of duty which were presented to this man. There was no time to deliberate. He could easily rescue his son by leaping into the river beneath. But that leap would have cost many other precious lives—perhaps hundreds. With sublime and heroic fortitude, this noble father resolved to do his highest duty; and to that duty his son was sacrificed.”
Abraham was willing to sacrifice his own son out of obedience to God. It was a test of faith; at the last moment Isaac was spared (Heb. 11:17-19). In contrast, our loving Heavenly Father spared not His Son, but delivered Him up for us all (Rom. 8:32). His sacrifice saved millions from eternal ruin. Blessed be His Name!
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:7-8).
He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)?
George W. Zeller has served on the staff of the Middletown Bible Church for more than 40 years. He is a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary where he studied under Dr. John Whitcomb. He has written numerous Sunday School lessons, Bible study materials, doctrinal booklets, and various papers on a wide range of Biblical topics. These studies are accessible at www.middletownbiblechurch.org.
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