5555A man, who was suddenly laid aside by sickness from an active business life and from a place of prominence in the church of which he was an esteemed member and an official, had leisure given to him to think. Never before, in the days of health and religious effort, had he considered his own personal condition in the sight of God, or where he would go when his earthly life was finished.
5555One afternoon, a friend called to see him, and in the course of their conversation he said to the sick merchant, “I have more than once been at the very gate of death, and I cannot describe what peace I enjoyed at the prospect of meeting God, simply trusting in the precious blood of Jesus Christ as my only title.”
5555The sick man raised himself on his elbow and said, “I have been thinking much about the same matter lately. I feel I have not been sufficiently zealous in religion to enable me to say I can look into the future as you do. I would give all I possess if I could.”
5555“Religion is not a title to heaven,” replied the Christian visitor. “Religion never gave anybody any peace with God, or a title to His presence. The blood of Jesus Christ alone can do that.”
5555The sick man seemed bewildered. He had been accustomed to think that religion was the very best thing in the world, and that when people spoke of “conversion,” “salvation,” and “cleansing in the blood of Christ,” they simply expressed in their own way, and according to their own peculiar creed, the same thing as he called “religion.” His friend saw his perplexity, and said, “May I read to you something from the Scriptures?” to which he received a glad consent. He then read:
5555Commenting briefly on the verses, he said, “It was the blood shed and sprinkled, the blood trusted, and it alone, that gave safety to all within the house that night. All under the shelter of the blood were safe, all outside it, no matter what their character, were doomed to judgment.”
5555Sitting up, the sick man reached out his hand, and grasping the hand of his visitor said slowly, with much feeling, “It’s all in the blood. I see clearly that my only title to salvation is in the blood of Christ.”
5555There are many who think that religion is a savior. Many are trusting their own righteousness and good works to take them or to help them into heaven, whereas God declares that the precious blood of Christ (trusted in by the sinner) is the only shelter from the coming judgment.
5555“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”2
5555“Without shedding of blood is no remission (forgiveness).”3
1. Exodus 12:1,2,6,12,13
2. 1 John 1:7
3. Hebrews 9:22