His best mate had been killed in an accident.  

Another friend had been diagnosed with cancer.

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.

There MUST be a God – but what were His standards?
He had lived a good life.
He was sure his good would outweigh his bad,
but was that enough?  

If he died, what would happen to him?

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 distressed man exclaimed, “Oh please don’t say that!  I’ll do anything.  I’ll go anywhere.  I really want to know God and I’ll do anything at all to deserve His acceptance.”

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.”

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

John 14:6
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.

John 3:36
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.

1 John 5:12
He who has the Son has life;
he who does not have the Son of God
does not have life.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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  6. ptl2010 says:

    Only Jesus is good enough. In Him only are we good enough. If we hear His call to save us, we will be good enough. Praise the Lord.

    John 12:32 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself
    John 6:39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.
    Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

    1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.

    • What a tremendous difference HE makes!
      I was nothing. Good enough? no way! not even started on the road to good enough!
      But He changed me! HE took all my sin and gave me His righteousness and because HE is perfect, I am accepted in Him.

      What an amazing triune God!

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