Strange things will continue to occur as long as the earth remains. One of such unusual incidents happened many years ago in the United States of America. It concerned a young man who was condemned to death for murder. While waiting for execution, providence smiled on him. On the independence anniversary of the country, the then President, in the exercise of his prerogative of mercy, included the name of the young man in the list of criminals to be pardoned.
However, two conditions must be satisfied before the clemency could become valid. There must be an offer of pardon from the President and an acceptance by the criminal.
As expected, other condemned men jumped at the offer and accepted the pardon. They went home free and rejoicing into the warm embrace of their families. Surprisingly, the young man rejected the offer! Since the second condition of acceptance to make the pardon valid was not fulfilled, the man was executed. He died, not because pardon was not given; he died because he did not accept the pardon so freely given.
This true story clearly illustrates the relationship between God and man. All, like the condemned men, have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The sin we are talking about is inherited sin from Adam, the ancestor of all mankind. It is this sin that causes all other sins. God’s word, the Bible, explains: “Therefore, as through one man’s offence (sin), judgement came to all men, resulting in condemnation … ” (Romans 5: 18). This means that Adam sinned on our behalf and transferred the sin to us as the names of our biological ancestors are inherited from generation to generation. The holiness of God demands that sin must be punished because “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). So, all men, like the four men, are condemned criminals waiting for execution.
But God is a loving, gracious, merciful God, who has no pleasure in the death of a sinner (Ezekiel 33: 11 ). Hear how God demonstrated this attribute, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16). Since you are in the world, God loves you. He does not want you to die. Therefore, He sent His Son Jesus to die in your place, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins by His precious blood, we have been pardoned” (Isaiah 55:7).
Dear reader, like the President of USA, God is graciously offering you pardon for your sins through Jesus Christ. But you must, by choice, accept the offer before it becomes valid. Like the other men in the story, millions have accepted the offer by faith in Christ Jesus and are now free and rejoicing. Do not like the young man reject the offer of pardon so graciously given, for, “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:3). The penalty for rejecting this gracious offer of clemency, like the fourth man is death, that is, spending eternity in hell fire.
The choice is yours to make. Will you accept or reject the offer? If you want to accept this gracious offer of pardon, please pray this prayer sincerely from the bottom of your heart: “Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God. You died and rose again to save me. Forgive my sins and cleanse me with your precious blood. Come into my life and be my Lord from henceforth. Thank you Jesus, for saving me. Amen.”
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