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The Whipping.
There was a school with a class of students that no teacher had been able to
handle. Two or three teachers had been run off from this school in one year
by
the unruly students. A young man, just out of college, heard about the class
and
applied to the school. The principal asked the young man, "Do you know what
you
are asking for? No one else has been able to handle these students. You are
just
asking for a terrible beating. After a few moments of silent prayer, the
young
man looked at the principal and said, "Sir, with your consent I accept the
challenge. Just give me a trial basis." The next morning the young man stood
before the class. He said to the class, "Young people, I came here today to
conduct school. But I realize I can't do it by myself. I must have your
help.
"One big boy, they called Big Tom, in the back of the room whispered to his
buddies, "I won't need any help. I can lick that little bird all by
myself.". The
young teacher told the class that if they were to have school, there would
have
to be some rules to go by. But he also added that he would allow the
students
to make up the rules and that he would list them on the blackboard. This was
certainly different, the students thought!\ One young man suggested "NO
STEALING." Another one shouted "BE ON TIME FOR CLASS." Pretty soon
they had 10 rules listed on the board. The teacher then asked the class
what
the punishment should be for breaking these rules. "Rules are no good
unless
they are enforced", he said. Someone in the class suggested that if the
rules
were broken, they should receive 10 licks with a rod across their back with
their coat off. The teacher thought that this was pretty harsh, so he asked
the
class if they would stand by this punishment. The class agreed. Everything
went
along pretty good for two or three days. Then Big Tom came in one day very
upset. He declared that someone had stolen his lunch. After talking with
the
students, they came to the conclusion that little Timmy had stolen Big Tom's
lunch. Someone had seen little Timmy with Big Tom's lunch! The teacher
called
little Timmy up to the front of the room. Little Timmy admitted he had taken
Big Tom's lunch. So the teacher asked him, "Do you know the punishment?
Little
Timmy nodded that he did. "You must remove your coat, "the teacher
instructed. The little fellow had come with a great big coat on. Little
Timmy
said to the teacher, "I am guilty and I am willing to take my punishment,
but
please don't make me take off my coat. The teacher reminded little Timmy of
the rules and punishments and again told him he must remove his coat and
take
his punishment like a man. The little fellow started to unbutton that old
coat.
As he did so, the teacher saw he did not have a shirt on under the coat. And
even worse, he saw a frail and bony frame hidden beneath that coat. The
teacher asked little Timmy why he had come to school without a shirt on.
Little
Timmy replied, "My daddy's dead and my mother is very poor. I don't have but
one shirt, and my mother is washing it today. I wore my big brother's coat
so
that I could keep warm." That young teacher stood and looked at the frail
back
with the spine protruding against the skin, and his ribs sticking out. He
wondered how he could lay a rod on that little back and without even a shirt
on.
Still, he knew he must enforce the punishment or the children would not obey
the rules. So he drew back to strike little Timmy. Just then Big Tom stood
up
and came down the aisle. He asked, "Is there anything that says that I can't
take little Timmy's whipping for him?" The teacher thought about it and
agreed. With that Big Tom ripped his coat off and stooped and stood over
little
Timmy at the desk. Hesitatingly the teacher began to lay the rod on that big
back. But for some strange reason after only five licks that old rod just
broke
in half. The young teacher buried his face in his hands and began to sob..
He
heard a commotion and looked up to find not even one dry eye in the room.
Little
Timmy had turned and grabbed Big Tom around the neck apologizing to him for
stealing his lunch. Little Timmy begged Big Tom to forgive him. He told Big
Tom
that he would love him till the day he died for taking his whipping for him.

Aren't you glad that Jesus took our whipping for us. That He shed His
precious
blood on Calvary so that you and I can have eternal life in Glory with Him?
We
are unworthy of the price He paid for us, but aren't you glad He loves us
that
much?

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