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To Find and to Save
To Find and to Save
It happens at times that what we hear, read or experience runs through us like a warm current.
I felt such a current in my breast yesterday, when I read what a father wrote about his daughter-that she had been found and saved by the grace of God and had entered into the eternal rest.
She was a daughter in the first home where I was guest in a foreign land-with the exception of my brother's home. At that time she was a beautiful and happy little girl. The years went by; she grew up, the world called with alluring promises-and she followed the call. Causing many a sigh and tear to her father and mother. Now she was lying in a hospital far from home, and she could not live much longer.
Now earnest prayers rose up to God from a small town in North Dakota, but also from the heart of her who was sick in body and soul some two thousand miles away.
And God heard the prayers. For it was He who had called forth these prayers.
A brother was privileged to bring to her broken spirit words of comfort and consolation from God.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring glad tidings!
Now she lay there a penitent sinner and read God's precious promises-- it was well that she had heard and read them as a child. Promises like these: Whosoever cometh to me I will in no wise cast out; the blood of Jesus Christ cleansers from all sin. The promises were also given her. She found salvation.
When Jesus was criticized because He dined with a publican, He said: "The Son of man came to seek and to save those who were lost."
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On the 17th of December, 1927, a gripping tragedy took place outside Cape Cod, when a submarine, colliding with a vessel, went to the bottom of the sea with 40 men on board.
Divers were sent down and they found the submarine. They found more: By crawling on top of the sunken boat, the intrepid diver, Thomas Cadie, found by pounding with his hammer that there were living men in the torpedo room at the bow. A pathetic but brief conversation was hammered out after the code alphabet. Six of the men were still alive, imprisoned in the boat, lying at the bottom of the sea. The air was getting foul and it was cold. They were given to understand that attempts were being made to save them. Twice the despairing question came from the men: How long will it take?
The brave divers could only answer with the strokes of the hammer: We are doing everything possible.
But it was not possible to save them. The six men had to die in their iron cage down in the deep-as the other 34 had died.
Stout-hearted divers descended to the bottom of the sea a hundred feet below the surface. The first was to find the sunken submarine. But to find is one thing-another thing is to save. This last, however, they were unable to do.
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Jesus said that the Son of man came to seek and save the lost.
Not only to seek and find. He came also to save. He is able to save.
"I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save." Isaiah 63:1.
Divine power alone was able to save us, we who had sunk to the bottom, a lost world.
But Jesus had that power. He descended down into the dark deep.
He disarmed powers and principalities and revealed Himself as their victor on the Cross.
He tasted the bitterness of death, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
And deliver!
So is there then a way out, there is salvation, for those who have sunk down to the bottom in the temptations of life under the condemnation of sin. With the Lord there is deliverance from death. Those who surrender their life into His hands, in their despair, shall not knock and pray in vain.
For He is mighty to save.
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