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LESSON 1 - ECHOES OF GRACE
PUT MY FINGER THERE
Feeble and blind, the old man in a nursing home knew his life was fast slipping away. One great worry tormented his mind, the old, old question: What can I do to be saved? Poor man, what could he do to be saved? He could only lie there and fret because of his helplessness.
He had a little granddaughter who often came in to read to him, and one day she brought her Bible. She started reading the first chapter of the first epistle of John. She came to the seventh verse : “And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.̓̓
The old man sat up and stopped the little girl, saying eagerly, “Is that there, my dear?”
“Then read it to me again; I never heard the like before.”
The little girl read again: “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
“You are quite sure that is really there?”
“Yes, quite sure!”
“Then take my hand and put my finger there, for I should like to feel it.”
So she took the old blind man’s hand and placed his bony finger on the verse. He said, “Now read it to me again.”
The little girl read softly, “ The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Again, he asked anxiously, “You are quite sure that is there? ̓̓
“Yes, Grandpa; quite sure!”
“Then, if anyone should ask how I died, tell them I died in the faith of these words: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.̓
Peacefully, trustfully, the old man lay back on the pillow and, with his hand still on the wonderful verse he had just learned, he silently passed into the presence of Him whose blood “cleanseth us from all sin.”
Helpless, hopeless, unable to do anything to save himself, what relief it was to learn that the Lord Jesus had done it all for him.
It may seem to some that “that is all right for the poor old man; he couldn’t do anything else, but those who are strong and capable should work for their salvation - should do something to earn it.”
Not so. Physical strength or mental ability has nothing to do with the salvation of a soul. The strongest and the wisest must come to the Lord Jesus Christ just as the old man did, simply believing in His work on the cross of Calvary and receiving all the benefit of that work. It was not “to as many as worked for it,” but “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” John 1:1
A SCOTCHMAN’S CONVERSION
I was big enough and old enough to do what we call in Scotland ‘‘join the church,” but I knew, had not the great qualification for that. I knew my father and mother wished me to join, but I could not do it simply to please them. God had made me honest enough to know the blackness of my heart, and that even if my sins had not all hatched out, still the eggs were all there. I was never bothered with self-righteousness!
In perplexity, I wrote to an old Christian friend. There is a verse in Acts 16:31, which says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” I put that text in my letter, and I wrote: “I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, all about Jesus and the entire Bible says of sin and salvation and heaven and hell. I believe all about it, but I do not feel one bit better. There is something wrong.”
Two or three days afterwards I was just going to open up the ticket office window to sell the tickets for the 10h30 business train to Glasgow. The postman was just coming round. He gave me a letter, and I recognized my old friend’s handwriting. I will never forget reading that letter!
This is how it began:
“You will never know how glad I am to get a frank, open, honest letter from you about your spiritual condition, even though you are evidently all in the dark. I am glad you have taken Acts 16:31 as a challenge text. It says, ‘Believe, ̓ in your heart of course, as you believe in your mother or your father, believing is having full confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ,and what He did for you.
“But John, you say you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and don’t feel a bit the better for it. Now, I want to know which I am to believe about you. Am I to believe yourself saying, ‘I don’t feel a bit better, ̓ or am I to believe God when He says that the man who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ is and shall be eternally saved?
“John, you would quote the text of Acts 16:31 as if it read, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will feel easier, ̓ instead of ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.̓ God says it. Never mind your feelings!”
It was like the lifting of a curtain for me, and I saw it all bold and clear. I was saved! No great feeling came even then; I just knew it was so.
I took a walk in the station, alone, to the far end of the platform. I remember saying to myself, “Has the station been whitewashed?” The very dingy brick wall, all covered with smoke and soot from the engines, looked whiter! But it was not the walls; it was my mind that was brightened, because now I knew the Lord as mine.
The next morning I woke up, and my heart was just like a fire you had left burning over night. I was as cold as could be. The devil said, “It’s all a hoax.”
But I got grace to fight that battle. I rallied myself:
“Has God’s word altered through the night?”
“Has Acts 16:31 altered?”
“Has the value of the blood of Jesus to blot out my sins altered? ̓̓
“Then nothing has altered that I am resting on, nothing but my feelings. And you don’t need to rest on your feelings - you are saved by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“What must I do to be saved?”
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:30,31.
TEST - LESSON 1 – ECHOES OF GRACE
TRUE OR FALSE
1. When we repent Jesus cleanses us from all sins
2. We should do something to earn salvation
3. The Scotsman joined the church to be saved
4. John needed some feelings to be sure he was saved
5. You are saved by trusting in the Lord Jesus
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