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The Harvest is past

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” Jeremiah 8:20

The first part of this Bible verse is very true.  The harvest is in, our summer is over, the children are at school, the days are quickly shortening and the temperature is dropping.  Winter is just around the corner!

Is the second part of this verse true too?  We are not saved?  Saved from what?  Why do we need to be saved?

God’s word in the Bible helps us to face up to some serious facts about ourselves that can be very uncomfortable.  We have disobeyed God.  We fall short of His perfect standard.  We are, in fact, told that “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10), and there is nothing we can do about it.  We deserve the punishment for our sins – “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  Maybe we think we will get to heaven by leading a fairly good life – somehow our good deeds will balance out the bad and tip the balance in our favour.  Or even that if God so loved us, surely He would bring us along with everyone else to heaven regardless.  If these are our thoughts, then we need to understand what it means to be saved!

Although it is impossible for us to redeem ourselves, God has shown us that He has provided a way of salvation that does not depend on us at all - “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, … but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19).  God so loved the world that He gave His Son, Jesus, into the world to save sinners.  He paid the price to redeem us by shedding His blood when He died on the cross at Calvary.  Our debt was paid.  By believing on Him, we are saved through what Jesus has done for us – not anything that we have done.  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).  What God asks of us is to simply trust and believe.

So you may ask – what must I do to be saved?  God has made it so simple:

1.    come to Jesus just as you are – don’t wait,

2.    acknowledge before him your condition as a helpless sinner,

3.    ask for your sins to be forgiven, and

4.    put your trust in what He has done to save you.

I point you to that great way of salvation through Jesus.  Did I deserve to be saved? – No.  If it depended on me I would still be unsaved and lost.  But I have a personal link with my Saviour, Jesus, who now asks me to witness of the great grace and love that can meet your need and the need of every reader of Youthful Days.  For if Jesus saved me, then He can save you too if you come to Him as a sinner in need.

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).  Go into the winter as a saved sinner.  In the darkness of life’s journey from today on, He will light your path until that time when you enter His presence in heaven.

J Greeves

extracted from the July 2017 issue of Youthful Days