Does life have any real meaning or purpose?Â Why are we here? In my search for theÂ answer to these questions, I turned toÂ drugs. I am ashamed of the things that IÂ did to support my drug habit, even thoughÂ all my sins are under the blood of Christ. That one Great Sacrifice at Calvary hasÂ made me perfect in the sight of God.
I was married when I was twenty yearsÂ old and brought my wife into my misery.Â We had a little girl. By that time I knew IÂ was a hopeless addict. One day a lady calledÂ to take our daughter to some childrenâ€™sÂ meetings. I asked her what she was. SheÂ said, â€œI am a Christian.â€ She told me thatÂ the Lord Jesus had died to take the punishmentÂ for her sins, and when she trustedÂ Him she belonged to Christ, and that meantÂ a Christian.
Later two men visited us. I said, â€œYou andÂ I are like people stranded on a desert island.Â We have told ourselves that a big ship isÂ going to come and take us o the island.Â at is what keeps us going from day to dayÂ â€“ we have our big ship. is syringe is myÂ big ship. It gets me from day to day. YourÂ Jesus and your salvation are your big ship,Â but really we are just in the same boat.â€Â â€œI want to read something to you,â€ one ofÂ the gentlemen replied, and he read fromÂ Isaiah 53. I canâ€™t tell you one verse he read,Â but I know that in the middle of a darkÂ empty existence, there was just the faintÂ gleam of a hope that softened and touchedÂ me the first time I heard it.Â â€œI know the Jesus story. Anybody couldÂ write something like that,â€ I said.Â â€œBut not 700 years before it happened,â€Â he responded, â€œand besides, who told you itÂ was talking about Jesus?â€ It just came to meÂ that everything God said would happen,Â did happen, and I was afraid.Â One of the men kept coming back. IÂ would tell him what a righteous drugÂ addict I was, and he would say, â€œYou know,Â it is a wonderful thing that God loves youÂ and sent His Son to die for you.â€ He toldÂ me that Christ was the Savior and no matterÂ how vile you were, â€œthisÂ Man receiveth sinnersâ€Â (Luke 15:2). One day, tearsÂ were in his eyes as he said, Â â€œIt seems so obvious and yet so simpleÂ that the Lord Jesus did it all.â€
â€œOh Peter, salvation is not only the joy ofÂ receiving Christ, it is being delivered fromÂ a real Hell. Unless you get serious aboutÂ this matter you are going to die in your sinÂ and go to Hell.â€ That night I went to a party, but I stillÂ couldnâ€™t forget his words. I told my friend,Â â€œBilly, I have to go. I canâ€™t stayÂ here. I am going to Hell.â€ BillyÂ said, â€œWe are all going to Hell.â€Â â€œBut,â€ I replied, â€œsomeone toldÂ me there was a way out, and ifÂ there is a way out I have to findÂ it.â€ â€œYou go and Iâ€™ll cover forÂ you,â€ Billy responded, â€œbut ifÂ you ever get it, let me know.â€Â The next night I was invitedÂ to a Bible reading. No matterÂ what portion they were reading theyÂ would say, â€œIsnâ€™t it wonderful that â€˜ChristÂ Jesus came into the world to save sinnersâ€™Â and there is no limit to the mercy of God?â€Â After the meeting a man asked me if I wasÂ saved. â€œNo,â€ I replied, â€œbut I really want toÂ be saved. I donâ€™t want to go to Hell.â€Â I just couldnâ€™t understand how I couldÂ know my sins forgiven. Finally he said,Â â€œThe Word of God tells you that the workÂ that can take you to Heaven has been perfectlyÂ done. If that is not enough, you willÂ just have to go to Hell.â€Â I thought, â€œI canâ€™t live knowing that I amÂ going to Hell with all the sins I will haveÂ to account for, and I certainly canâ€™t dieÂ that way.â€ I started to cry and said, â€œI donâ€™tÂ want to go to Hell. Please help me!â€ â€œTheÂ Bible tells us that the very worst sinner is inÂ Heaven tonight because of the power of theÂ blood of Christ,â€ he replied. â€œItâ€™s too bad itÂ isnâ€™t enough for you!â€Â It just dawned on me that the God whoÂ told me that I was going toÂ Hell was also telling me thatÂ the worst sinner could be inÂ Heaven. At that moment IÂ couldnâ€™t think of one reasonÂ why it wasnâ€™t enough forÂ me. I realized that I couldÂ go to Heaven because of theÂ power that was in the bloodÂ of Christ.
I bowed my head andÂ prayed. â€œIt seems so obvious and yet soÂ simple that the Lord Jesus did it all. BecauseÂ of Him I can go to Heaven. Lord, is that it?Â Is that salvation?â€ I looked down at theÂ Bible and saw three words, â€œIt is finished.â€Â It seemed as if God was saying, â€œPeter thatÂ is it.â€ I cried, â€œOh God, it is not fair! It is notÂ fair that I should do all the sinning and thatÂ He should do all the suffering.â€Â God saved me that night. â€œHe wasÂ wounded for our transgressions, He wasÂ bruised for our iniquities: the chastisementÂ of our peace was upon Him, and with HisÂ stripes we are healedâ€ (Isaiah 53:5).
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