This, too, is the message of Easter. Year after year, with tireless and unceasing regularity, Good Friday reminds us of God’s profound love gift to mankind; that is, the giving of His Son, Jesus, to die on a cruel Roman Cross 2,000 years ago to pay the penalty for all your sins and mine. This was so we could be freely and fully forgiven by God and thus qualified to go to Heaven with Jesus when God’s reveille trumpet call sounds, or when our life on earth is concluded—whichever comes first.
And Easter Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the grave is another graphic reminder that this same Jesus, who died in your place and mine, will return to earth to take all His true followers to be with Him in Heaven for all eternity.
Some time ago the well-known preacher, Dwight Moody, was preaching in a big circus tent in Chicago on the biblical text, “The Son of Man [Jesus] is come to seek and to save the lost.” After he had finished, a little boy was brought to the platform by an officer who had found the child wandering in the crowd, lost. Mr. Moody took him in his arms and asked the crowd to look at the lost child. He said, “The father is more anxious to find the boy than the boy is to be found. It is just so with our Heavenly Father, for long years He has been following you, oh sinner. He is following you still!”
At that moment a man with a blanched face elbowed his way to the platform. The boy saw him and, running, threw himself into his father’s outstretched arms. The crowd that witnessed the scene broke into a mighty cheer. “Thus,” cried Mr. Moody, “will God receive you if you will only run to Him today.”4
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump….
Dear reader, if you have never come to God, the Heavenly Father, and received His forgiveness for all your sins and the guarantee to be ready for Christ’s return should God’s trumpet call sound today, be sure to do this today. The choice is yours and, as William James said, “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.”
To receive God's forgiveness, the following prayer will help you to do this.
"Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and am sorry for all the wrongs that I have done. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Please forgive me. I invite you, Jesus, to come into my heart and life as Lord and Savior. I commit and trust my life to you. Please give me the desire to be what you want me to be and to do what you want me to do. Thank you for dying for my sins, for your free pardon, for your gift of eternal life, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Amen."
If you prayed this prayer and truly meant it, be sure to let us know by filling in the form HERE (or by clicking on the "Yes to God" button below), and we will send you, without any obligation, a free copy of the leaflet, “How to Grow,” to help you in your new-found Christian life. Be sure not to hesitate; do this today.
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound?
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks eternal bright and fair;
When the saved of earth [the Christ followers] shall
gather over on the other shore [Heaven],
And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.5
But will you be there? Are you ready for God's trumpet call?
I hope and pray that you will be. If you are not absolutely certain, be sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian (without having to be religious) by clicking on the 'Find Peace With God' button below, or for Real Christian ... click HERE, so you, too, will be ready for God's trumpet call when Jesus Christ returns for all his true followers.
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