The Spirit Beckons
Jess worked at the railroad station since he was a young man. His hair had now turned grey, and his face showed years of hard work. He put his calloused hands to large, metal levers that guided the trains in their intended courses. The joy of his heart was his only son, Luke. Luke, as a young man, would beg, “Daddy, let me go with you. I want to watch you make the trains choo-choo down the tracks.” Jess beamed with great delight over his lad. Luke grew into a man that loved the work that his dad held dear. He, too, learned to turn the trains into the right tracks.
One day, something went wrong. Two passenger trains were racing toward each other on the same track. Jess ran into an open space and began to wave his arms, yelling, “Stop. Stop.” Luke also saw the situation and knew that many lives would be lost if the trains collided. He remembered that there was a lever that he could turn to switch one of the trains in another direction. He ran with all of his heart, throwing himself into the path of the train, and turned the lever just in time. …But what was this? The lives of the passengers were saved, but Luke’s life was lost. Jess fell to his knees in anguish of soul. Soon after, Jess saw the hundreds of people who had been saved. He lifted his eyes to heaven and whispered, “My son gave his life for the sake of many.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life” (Jn. 3:16). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). Jesus said that no man takes His life but He lays it down and has power to take it again (Jn. 10:18). God the Father gave His only Son to become your sins, mine, and the world’s. Jesus’ was the spotless lamb that God offered. His torture, His death paid the sin debt for all mankind. So will all be saved? To those who believe in their hearts that Jesus died, was raised from the dead, accept Him as their personal Savior by calling upon His name, and confess Him as their Lord, they will be saved. (Rom. 10:9-13). “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” (Jn. 1:12). One may say, ”I can’t live that Christian life” or “I’ve committed too many sins to be saved.” No one can live the Christian life without Jesus. We accept Him, and He gives us the gift of righteousness. Our sins – no matter what or how many they are – are washed away by His precious blood. He then guides us by His Spirit in holy living. If you have never accepted God’s only begotten Son, will you please ask Him to come into your heart today? Maybe you have been born again but you have walked away from Jesus. He’s calling to you today. The Spirit beckons, “Confess your sins to me, and I will cleanse you from all unrighteousness" (I Jn. 1:9). (To be continued.)