Buttons Gets Loose!

 •  3 min. read  •  grade level: 5
One summer day Brandon was playing in the backyard with his younger brother Eric. One game they liked to play was "pirates." Since Brandon was older, he was in command. He gave the order to Eric, "Sailor, climb the mast and untie the rope!"
Eric asked, "What mast?"
Brandon pointed to the heavy pole that Buttons Gets Loose! the clothesline was tied to and stated, "That mast, sailor."
"But it's too big for me to climb," explained Eric.
Brandon answered, "Okay, I'll climb it myself and get the rope down... if you'll let me tie you up like you're my prisoner."
Eric agreed.
Brandon got the clothesline down. Then, beginning at Eric's feet he started coiling the rope around him. It was a long rope, and he kept wrapping it around Eric until it almost reached his head. Brandon had just finished tying the last knot when he noticed something scary... Buttons was loose again!
Now Buttons was his sisters' pony, and Brandon was scared of him. If you didn't know Buttons, you would think he was a cute, gentle pony. But Brandon had already been bitten by Buttons once. And he wouldn't get close to Buttons unless his father was with him.
This time Buttons wasn't very close, and Brandon had enough time to run to the house and up the back steps to the porch where Buttons couldn't get him. But as Buttons Gets Loose! soon as he got to the top of the steps, he remembered Eric. He had left his little brother lying on the grass tied up with all that rope, and Eric couldn't move!
Brandon was terrified of Buttons, but the thought of what that pony would do to Eric was too much for him. It didn't matter if he died trying, he must save his brother!
Brandon ran back to the spot where Eric lay tied. At first he tried to untie him, but that was taking too long. Brandon picked up his brother with a strength that surprised himself and carried Eric to the porch. Buttons reached them just as Brandon hurried up the steps with Eric. They barely escaped.
Brandon had tied up Eric really well with all that rope and many knots. It took a lot of work to finally get him untied, but at least they were safe. Boys and girls, do you know that our sins wrap around and around our hearts so that we never can get free from them by ourselves? Jesus the Savior is the only one who can free us from our sins.
One time Jesus was in a house, and four men carried another man who was very sick to Jesus for help. There were so many people around the house that they couldn't get through the door. So these men climbed up on top of the house, broke up the roof and let down their sick friend, bed and all, in front of Jesus.
We each need our sins forgiven too, just like that sick man in the Bible. If you want your sins forgiven, come to Jesus by faith, believing that He shed His blood on Calvary's cross to wash your sins away. He loves you and will set you free.
"In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Eph. 1:77In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:7)).