From Pastor Davies – 4/4
A young man was working his way among the people in the gate area of an airport. As the people waited for the boarding announcement to be made, he was handing out copies of that little booklet, The Four Spiritual Laws, doing a faithful work of evangelism.
There was an elderly African-American man slumped in a seat in the waiting area, sound asleep. He was a dignified figure with white curly hair and a fashionably tailored suit. This old man was as sound asleep as a man could get, but the young evangelist was not about to be deterred by that. He tapped the man on the knee. When the old man woke, he was extremely startled. He blurted out, “Where am I? What’s going on? What’s happening?”
The persistent young man simply and sternly asked, “Sir! Are you saved?” “Yeah,” said the old man. “I guess I’m saved! I suppose I’m saved! Yes! I’m probably saved!” “That’s not good enough!” the young man responded. “Can you tell me exactly when you were saved?” “Not exactly,” the old man answered, “It was almost two thousand years ago!” (from Let Me Tell You a Story by Tony Campolo, page 19)
Now that’s good theology. Our salvation is dependent on what Jesus did two thousand years ago. That’s when our salvation was purchased and when we were delivered from the punishment for our sins. We may have just found out about it recently, but Jesus did what needed to be done long ago and far away, on an old rugged cross.
I look forward to seeing you in worship this coming Sunday.