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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Three-Dollar Dog

Matt loses his dog Laddie and has to buy him back from the neighborhood bully. Christ paid to buy us back from sin and Satan. Former title: "Getting Laddie Back"

Full text of gospel tract:
Laddie was the most wonderful dog in the world. At least that’s what Matt thought. To anyone else he might seem very ordinary, but since Matt’s birthday when his father had brought home the playful puppy, Matt’s life was changed.
Matt and Laddie soon were almost inseparable. Even running errands for Mom was fun when Laddie came along. When Matt came home from school, Laddie was always at the gate to meet him. But one day, when Matt got home, his dog had vanished.
“Where’s Laddie?” he asked his Mom.
“He’s probably curled up in a corner sleeping somewhere,” she replied. “He’ll likely be back soon.”
By the time Matt’s dad got home from work, Laddie was still missing. “Where did you see him last?” he asked Matt.
“He followed me partway to school this morning,” said Matt. “Do you suppose he got lost and couldn’t find his way home?”
“We’ll go out and look for him after supper,” his father promised. But when bedtime came, Laddie still hadn’t been found. Long, lonesome days followed, and still no trace could be found of his dog.
Another Puppy?
“I’m afraid a car has run over him, son,” Dad said at last. “But don’t worry. We’ll get another puppy for you.”
“Another puppy?” Matt felt awful. There would never be another puppy like Laddie.
Several weeks later, Matt was walking, when he heard a low whimper coming from the other side of a hedge. Peering through the gate, he saw Laddie straining at a rope tied to his collar. In an instant Matt was through the gate and fumbling at the knot that held Laddie prisoner.
“What are you doing to my dog?” angrily demanded a boy several years older and a lot bigger than Matt.
“But this is my puppy,” answered Matt. “I lost him a few weeks ago. How did you get him?”
“Your dog, is it?” scoffed the older boy. “Well, he’s mine now. Just try to get him.”
Matt felt like crying at the thought of leaving Laddie behind. Suddenly he had an idea. “Would you sell him to me?” he asked.
For a while the older boy considered. “How much will you give me?” he asked finally.
“Well, I’ve only got three dollars. But you can have it all.”
“Tell you what,” said the boy. “You give me the three dollars. Then I’ll untie the dog, and if he wants to go home with you, you can have him. If he wants to stay with me, he’s mine.”
Matt raced home. As he ran, fear gnawed at his heart. What if Laddie had forgotten him? What if he stayed with the older boy? Minutes later he was giving all his money to the boy.
“OK, pup, it’s up to you,” said the boy, as the knot was untied. With one joyful bark, Laddie ran through the gate toward Matt, and together they ran home.
“You know, son,” said Dad, “that reminds me of what the Lord Jesus did for us. We were really His because He created us. But we were lost, just like your dog was, tied up by sin. But the Lord Jesus loved us so much that He came and paid the price to redeem us. It cost Him all that He had—He gave His life to buy us back. And now all those whom He has purchased with His precious blood He has set free to follow Him. They are His forever.”
Whenever Matt thinks of the time that Laddie was lost, he remembers that he himself was once a lost sinner, that he was bought with a great price, and that he now belongs to Jesus.
The Lord Jesus saw us in our sin and came down here to redeem us from hell and from Satan. All who put their trust in Him as their Saviour will someday be in heaven, where they will sing, “Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9). “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold . . . but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Gospel tract
Pages: 4
Size: 89 x 139mm
Bible Truth Publishers

Pack quantity: 100
Bible Version: KJV

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