Saved By A Cup Of Water

 A condemned captive was once brought before an Asiatic prince for execution. The executioner already had the sword raised over his head, when, impressed by intolerable thirst, the prisoner asked for water. A cup was handed him. He held it, apprehensively, lest the executioner would strike while he was in the act of drinking. ‘Take courage!’ said the prince.‘Your life will be spared till you drink this water.’ Immediately the condemned man dashed the cup of water to the ground!  Seizing the words of the prince he rode off a free man.

In like manner, the sword of God’s justice hangs over the head of every sinner, with the broken law calling out, ‘The wages of sin is death!’ (Rom. 8:23).  But there is a Prince, a Prince of Peace, who ‘having made peace through the blood of his cross' (Colos. 1:20),  cries out, ‘he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live' (John 11:25).

 Life and liberty reside in that word, and our receiving, and laying hold of it!  It is the word of God, who cannot lie, ratified by his own oath and sealed with his own blood. But it must be personally believed and claimed.

 

 Captain Hedley Vicars while waiting in Canada in November 1851 for the arrival of a brother officer,  he idly turned over the leaves of the Bible. His eye catching the well-known words, ‘the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.’ (1 John 1:7) he closed the book. Getting down on his knees, he said, ‘If this be true, henceforth I will live by the grace of God, as a man should live who has been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.’ He claimed the promise of cleansing. Even so, every soul needs to take God at his word, and in simple childlike faith, receive the promises. There’s no surer ground to stand on! If you only turn from your sin and claim the promise of salvation he will save and cleanse you.

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