He was deeply challenged about where he stood with God.
He believed there MUST be a God.
He couldn’t believe this world had evolved from nothing.
The universe demanded intelligent design.
He went to Church. He was interested in what he heard. It sounded hopeful but he didn’t really understand. He spoke to the pastor after the service, earnestly asking what he had to do to be sure of acceptance with God and of being admitted to heaven if he died.
The pastor looked at the anxious young man and said “You’re too late!”
The pastor repeated “I’m sorry. You’re too late for that. There is absolutely NOTHING you can do. Whatever you offer, it isn’t good enough”
As the young man showed despair, the pastor continued, “You see, your salvation was completed many years ago at Calvary. There is NOTHING you can do, because JESUS CHRIST did it all. He was sinless, but He died in your place, paying the penalty for your sins. He died, was buried and was raised from the dead on the third day, proving that His sacrifice was accepted by God the Father. His work of redemption was finished.
“Now, the only way to heaven is through the Lord Jesus Christ. If you believe that you have sinned and you are willing to turn from those sins, and if you believe that Christ died for you, in your place . . . . . . .”
“Oh I do. I do. I believe. I want Jesus Christ in my life and I want to follow Him and His direction for me.”
NOTHING CAN I BOAST IN
At God’s perfect timing
Christ died for fallen men.
He wore a crown of thorns,
Nails driven through His hands.
Christ willingly endured it;
To death He chose to go.
He broke His body for us,
Shed blood to make us whole.
Nothing can I boast in:
My life is scarred with sin.
My works are filthy rags:
No merit can I bring.
Yet mercy filled Christ’s heart.
Love took Him to the tree.
It’s grace alone which saves me:
Christ’s blood that sets me free.
So if I am to boast,
I’ll speak of my disgrace,
For my weak self displays
The power of God’s grace.
Christ’s Spirit works within me:
In weakness He is strong,
So I look to my Saviour
To safely bring me home.
words & music Bryson Smith & Philip Percival
Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except by Me”
2 Corinthians 5:21
God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin for us,
that we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Peter 3:18
Christ suffered once for our sins, the Just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God.
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life;
and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life,
but the wrath of God abides on him.