This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #382 titled, “How to be Saved According to Barry the Saint” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
DOGS CAN DO REMARKABLE THINGS!
One breed in particular, the St. Bernard, is known for saving lives. In the rugged, snow-covered mountains of the Alps, St. Bernards were ideal for rescue work because they could clear paths, predict incoming avalanches, and detect injured people buried beneath the snow.
Before they were replaced by more modern rescue teams, the dogs would be sent out in pairs to dig through the snow and find buried travelers. One dog would lie on top of the rescued person to provide warmth while the second dog would return to get help. Over a span of nearly 200 years, about 2,000 people—from lost children to Napoleon’s soldiers—were rescued by these heroic dogs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t uncommon for a St. Bernard to lose its own life while saving someone in need.
Perhaps the most famous St. Bernard was Barry. During the course of his career, this faithful rescuer is believed to have saved more than 40 people from an icy death. Time after time, Barry willingly risked his life to help someone in need. His deeds stand as a monument to the selfless nature of these St. Bernards.
Barry’s story of selfless devotion is a reminder of the One Who selflessly gave His life for all of mankind. You and I may never find ourselves lost in the Alps or caught up in an avalanche, but we all face an even greater danger. We are lost in our sin and separated from God. The Bible tells us: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…”. Our disobedience puts us in danger of being swept away from His presence forever, enduring judgment for our sins in a place called Hell.
HOW CAN WE BE RESCUED?
God loves us, and does not want us to be separated from Him. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is … not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. But because He is holy, God has to deal with the problem of sin before we can be brought back into a relationship with Him. So He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior.
Because Jesus had no sin of His own, He could stand in our place before God, bearing the punishment our sin deserves. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again, He paid sin’s penalty and broke its power. The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 that “Christ died for our sins … was buried, and … rose again the third day”.
ARE YOU READY TO BE RESCUED?
Jesus said His purpose was “to seek and to save that which was lost”. He has done all of the work to rescue you from sin, and is offering you forgiveness and eternal life. Will you receive this incredible gift by turning to God and putting your trust in Jesus Christ today?
The Bible states in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
The Bible says in Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”.
If you believe that Jesus Christ died in your place and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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