Perhaps you are like a friend of mine?Â He thought about life and creation andÂ his eternal destiny. He was a religiousÂ man but he was seeking answers andÂ peace. He asked the ecclesiasticalÂ members of his family for help in hisÂ quest. Everything that was suggested heÂ do, he tried to accomplish. He prayed,Â he gave of his time and money, heÂ faithfully attended religious services butÂ still he did not feel peace. He thought heÂ would have to work harder to make sureÂ God noticed him and had a place forÂ him in Heaven. He was holding tightlyÂ onto what he could do.
In the meantime, my friendâ€™s wifeÂ had heard the message of salvationÂ and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ asÂ her Saviour. She invited the preacherÂ over to the house for supper. AfterÂ supper, he sat across the table fromÂ my friend and showed him a gospelÂ tract. It depicted two cliffs with theÂ cross as a bridge between them.
The Lord Jesus said, â€œI am the way,Â the truth, and the life.Â No one comes toÂ the FatherÂ except through Meâ€ ( John 14:6). MyÂ friend was told that the work hadÂ been done. The Lord Jesus died onÂ the cross and was punished for ourÂ sins. When we trust the Lord JesusÂ Christ, our sins are forgiven and weÂ can call God our Father. A connectionÂ has been restored. Immediately, myÂ friend acknowledged that this wasÂ better than what he had. But he didÂ not accept Godâ€™s salvation that day.Â In fact it took nine months of GodÂ dealing with him, until one day whileÂ he was out alone in the pasture fixingÂ the fence, he came to a decision. HeÂ decided to trust in the finished workÂ of the Lord Jesus on the cross. HeÂ believed that the Lord Jesus ChristÂ had taken the punishment for his sins,Â making him right with God.
My friend will never see theÂ judgment of God because the LordÂ Jesus took the judgment for him. HeÂ prays for his family, that they willÂ choose Godâ€™s way of salvationÂ through the finished work ofÂ the Lord Jesus.
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