Titus Afrikaner loved danger. He hunted hippos, chased lions, stalked dangerous prey for fun, and killed men to get what he wanted.
A certain man owned a herd of cattle that Titus coveted. When the man wouldn’t give him the herd, the warrior determined to kill him. The cattleman armed himself. He wasn’t about to lose his livelihood without a fight.
That afternoon Titus began stalking his quarry, but low bushes and the cattle themselves prevented a clear shot at the owner. He waited patiently. Suddenly the cattle moved apart, and Titus saw the man. Simultaneously the man spotted Titus. Both leveled their guns. Both fired. At that precise instant, while the bullets were in route to their targets, a cow slipped between the shooters and received both charges. The unfortunate animal dropped dead instantly.
Titus Afrikaner stared in disbelief, then turned and ran. For the first time in his life he felt real fear. The bullet from the cattleman’s gun would have killed him for sure!
The great missionary to Africa, Robert Moffat, came to Titus’s home and heard the story. «My friend,» Moffat said, «you’ve just told me something about Jesus.»
«I did?» the African asked.
«Yes. He came to this earth and stepped between us and the devil so that we wouldn’t be destroyed. He accepted our deadly anger and hate and died so that we could live on and have a chance to learn about His love.»
The vivid illustration struck a responsive chord in Titus’s mind. In time, he believed in Jesus and gave his heart to God.