When acting Chief of Police James Cavallo Sr. was paging through the local newspaper one evening several years ago, his eye was drawn to a story about a local bank holdup. Along with the story was a grainy surveillance photo that showed a young Caucasian man wearing a baseball cap. The longer Cavallo looked at the photo, the more certain he became that he knew the suspect. It was his son, James Cavallo Jr. So what did he do? What any law respecting law enforcement officer would do – he turned him in. When asked about his actions, Cavallo Sr., speaking from his home in rural
, north of Moore Township Allentown, said, “I knew I had to do it. There was no question about it.”
The next day, police arrested Cavallo Jr. and charged him with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property. After making a videotaped confession, he was taken to the Northampton County Jail and held on $500,000 bail. According to the police, Cavallo Jr. claimed to be high on cocaine the night of the robbery.
Wow! That must have been a very difficult thing for Cavallo Sr. to do. I mean, turning your own son into authorities, knowing that if convicted his son could go to prison for a very long time! This story reminds me on a small scale of what another Father must have experienced some 2000 years ago. That Father “turned in” His own Son – even though His Son was innocent. I am referring to God the Father sending His Son to die for our sins. Even though he had no sin of his own – Jesus Christ willingly took upon Himself our sins. He then faced the wrath of His own Father as the Father poured out upon Jesus the punishment for our rebellion against Him. What motivated the Father to do this? In the words of Jesus, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John ). Do you believe in Jesus Christ? If you do, have you thanked your Father lately for the agony He must have endured in sending His willing Son to
Calvary’s cross? Are you grateful for our Father’s painful love?
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