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Gospel Truth

What is meant by "Coming to Jesus"?

Much is said of coming to Jesus, but how can I come?  He is in heaven; how can I go there and speak with Him?  I am told that He is everywhere, but I cannot see Him, and how then can I go to Him?  If He were here on earth, as He once was, there is no trouble I would not take.  I would travel hundreds of miles.  I would set off at once.  I would go to Him and push my way through the crowd, as the sick used to do in order to be healed.  I would fall down before Him, and say,

“Lord Jesus, save me!  I come not to be healed of blindness, or leprosy, but of sin.  My heart is diseased with iniquity.  I am in danger of God’s wrath and of eternal damnation.  Lord, save me, I perish!”

But alas!  Jesus is no longer among us and I cannot understand what is meant by coming to Him.

Dear reader, do all this in your heart, and then you will come to Jesus!  What do you think would be the advantage of going to Him and falling before him and speaking to Him as the sick and the lame used to do?  Would it not be to let Him know your wants?  These He knows already.  Without all this trouble you can make Him understand that you wish Him to save you.

Think of Him.  Let your cries go up to Him just as if you saw Him.  Be as earnest as if there was a crowd round Him, which you wished to push through.  Call to Him as that blind man did, who though he could not see Him, cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (Luke 18:38).

You are better off than they who lived when He dwelt here.  They often had to journey far.  They sometimes could not get near to Him because of the crowds of people around Him.  But you may have Him as much to yourself as if there were no other sinner that needed Him.  He is always near and within call; and though you cannot see Him, He sees you and knows all you feel, and hears all you say.

Coming to Jesus is the desire of the heart towards Him.  It is to feel our sin and misery; to believe that He is willing and able to pardon, comfort and save us; to ask Him to help us, and to trust Him as our friend. To have just the same feelings as if He were visibly present, and as if we fell at His feet and implored Him to bless us, is to come to Him, though we do not see His face nor hear His voice.

Your very desire for pardon, your prayer, “Jesus, save me!” – This is coming to Him.

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extracted from the July 2017 issue of Youthful Days


Nothing to Pay!

Nothing to pay!  That is surely good news, and it is something that we read of in the Bible too.  Just recently, I had an experience that reminded me of the goodness of God and His wonderful free gift.

As I was standing in the town centre, a lady whom I knew came up to me and commented on my new coat.  “That looks warm, “she told me, “were you given it for Christmas?  It looks really expensive!”

I assured her it was certainly warm – and that day it needed to be, for a cold wind was blowing across the square where I stood, and I was thankful for the coat.  But I explained to her, “no, it wasn’t for Christmas, but a friend paid for it and gave it to me.  Isn’t that just like God’s salvation? – someone else paid for it, and we can receive it absolutely free!”

It was Jesus, God’s beloved Son, who paid the debt of our sins by suffering, dying and shedding His precious blood to wash our sins away.  His final, victorious shout when dying upon the cross, “It is finished”, meant my debt of sin was paid in full.  By trusting in Him, I can receive forgiveness, peace with God, eternal life, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  And so much more – free!

Truly, “my cup runneth over(Psalm 23:5), all paid for by the greatest Friend of all, our Lord Jesus Christ, and freely given to me!  That is why, right at the end of the Bible, God has included a reminder of His invitation to every one of us, “whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely(Revelation 22:17).


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extracted from the January 2017 issue of Youthful Days