Jesus-Shepherd - Grace Story- 1

People who found Jesus

Here are some stories about how people found Jesus for themselves, some of them just in time!

  1. Finding Forgiveness
  2. Saved! Just in Time
  3. Two Died for Him
  4. Just As I Am
  5. Abide With Me
  6. Making the Test
  7. Piloted by Christ
  8. The Preacher’s Boy & the Humpback
  9. The Criminal & the Coat
  10. A Leap for Life
  11. Professor Bushnell’s Conversion
  12. Christ’s Everlasting Love
  13. Kept by the Power of God
  14. Conversion of a Minister
  15. Just in Time
  16. The Father's Love
  17. The Final Pardon
  18. Healed from Double Blindness!
  19. Signaling God

Finding Forgiveness

The Bible tells us that Jesus is soon coming back to take those who love Him to Heaven. It is so important for each of us to be ready for His Coming! The most important thing for each of us is to be sure that our sins have been forgiven.

"How can I be sure my sins are forgiven?" Jesus told us: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall, find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” Luke 11:9,10.

You see, Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect life and then died on the cruel cross, to make a way that our sins can be forgiven and we can come home to God as one of His little children.

We didn't get to choose about coming into this world, we were just born here. But we have to choose if we want to become part of God's family. The rule is, if we want something from God, we have to ask Him in the Name of Jesus for it.

If we want to be forgiven and become a Child of God and have Jesus for our own Saviour, we must ask -- but He has promised that all who ask WILL get forgiveness for their sins and POWER to stop sinning in the Name of Jesus! Here is one such promise:   "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."1John 1:9

To 'confess' means we have to admit to God that we have done wrong, and say we are sorry and want to stop doing wrong.

A young man who later became a celebrated Bible
commentator, Dr. Adam Clarke learned about this when still a young man. A preacher once asked young Adam, “Do you think that God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven your sins?”

He replied, “No, sir. I have no evidence of this.” The preacher then urged him to pray for it, and he did. But it seemed the more he prayed, the more  mental stress and strain he had.

But he kept on praying. One morning he went out to his usual job in the fields. He began work, but could not continue. So he fell on his knees and tried to pray, but he seemed to lose his strength and could not pray. He tried again, but only thick darkness seemed to settle down upon him. He fell flat on his face, still trying to pray.

He felt he was separated from God, and it would
be forever! What he could say or what he could do to find forgiveness, he knew not. It was all a great mystery
to him.

In this fearful time, it seemed words were whispered into his mind, “Pray to Christ!” So he looked up trustingly toward Him, letting his heart go out for the peace and forgiveness that he longed for so deeply. He received what he desired, and his agony of mind passed away!

He found that a wonderful change had taken place in him. He was filled with great happiness. A great light and wonderful peace had sprung up in his soul. It seemed to him that he had
entered into a new and glorious world.

Do you think that God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven your sins? If your answer is No, you can be certain that you can have this blessing and assurance just as did Adam Clarke. Will you not then seek for it as perseveringly as he did?

How much he was willing to go through for the peace and joy of
forgiveness! He knocked till the door of heaven was opened to his longing desire. You can do the very same. Jesus eagerly waits to give you His heavenly peace that passes all understanding. The promise reads, “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.

So if you are not yet sure of having your sins forgiven, If you pray to Christ as did this young man, lifting up your heart longingly to Him for the pardon and peace that He died on the cross to bring within your reach, you can receive just as he did.

If many difficulties seem to stand in your way, keep praying untill victory is gained. How glad you will be that you took the important step, linking your soul with that of Jesus by offering up to Him words of prayer like these:

 “0 dear Savior, I do lift up my heart In prayer to Thee for the
forgiveness and peace it cost Thee so much on the cross to bring to me. I come as Thou hast told me to come. And I claim the answer and believe in Thy forgiveness and peace, in harmony with Thy divine promise."

You too will have a true experience in the full and free
forgiveness for all past sins. Jesus will give you peace and joy, and hand in hand with Him, you can live a true Christian life!

Saved Just in Time!

A MINISTER was earnestly giving his message one night. He was impressing upon his congregation the fact that the best time to accept Jesus is when the Spirit of God moves upon the soul. He pressed this fact home to the hearts of his hearers as he said, "When you hear God’s call and you know you ought to respond, the time to do so is right then."

Was the preacher right? Indeed he was. How appealing is the God-inspired invitation: "Today, after so long a time; ... today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 4:7. Then to those who hear God’s call, the appealing question of the Apostle Paul comes as an urgent warning, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" Hebrews 2:3.

The convincing words of the minister deeply touched a young man in the congregation. God had spoken to him, and he realized that his golden moment to accept Christ had come. He arose from his seat, stepped out into the aisle, walked down to the front, and said, "It shall be right now that I take Christ as my Savior!" That was all, but he meant every word of it. He had accepted Christ as his Savior, and the great problem of his life was settled.

The next morning the young man went to work as usual in the sawmill where he was employed. Christ was dwelling richly in his heart, and he began singing as an expression of his happiness. Song after song sprang from his lips, and he sang at his work all morning. But just before noon he became caught in the machinery and was fearfully injured. When the men got him out, he said faintly, "Send for the preacher that preached in the church house at the foot of the mountains last night."

He was soon found, and he hastened up to the mill. Bending sympathetically over his dying young convert, he took him by the hand and said, "Charley, I have come. What would you like to say?" There was a smile on Charley’s face that only Heaven could bestow, and he faintly pressed the minister’s hand and said, "Wasn’t it a glorious thing that I settled it in time?"

How often the tender invitation of Jesus is whispered into the heart in time to save, and how glorious it is when it is accepted in time! Just as soon as the heavenly invitation is accepted and the soul surrenders to Jesus, a son is born into Christ’s heavenly kingdom. This always brings joy to the soul. No wonder Charley sang so freely and so fully!

Have you settled this most important matter of accepting Christ as your own individual Savior? If not, as you have seen the glorious results of so doing, would you like to do so? Jesus Himself longs inexpressibly for you to give yourself to Him. With Him by your side by His Spirit to help you, you would be victorious in living for Him. So will you not do so? if you will, then say as did Charley, "Right now I take Christ as my Savior!" =^..^=