by Pastor Ken
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.“
One day in December 1849, in the Semyonov public square, Russia, a young man stood waiting to be executed, having been charged with an anti-government felony. The executor shouted, "You have five minutes to say your last words before you die.”
The prisoner spends the first of those five minutes praying for his family and friends.
When the executioner shouts, “One last minute!” the prisoner said nothing—he just cried; tears streaming down his face.
When the final minute was over, the young prisoner heard the sounds of the guns clicking as they prepared to fire their bullets into his body. Softly he said, “I just want to live a little longer.”
At that very moment a soldier’s voice rang out as he ran forward waving a white flag in the air. He was yelling for the execution to be halted and for the prisoner to be sent into exile instead of killed.
The young prisoner was the great Russian writer, Dostoyevsky. And it was in the four years that followed, while he was exiled in Siberia, that he gave us his best work.
We are a lot like Dostoyevsky, in the fact that we have been given the gift of living in spite of crimes against God—which is sin. We deserve to die for our sins, but instead, Jesus died for us. So when you believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Savior, all your sins are forgiven. You are set free. It is as if you did not sin at all. Praise God!
Thank You Lord for dying on the cross for my sins. I do not deserve such a gift, but I am grateful for it. In Your Name, I pray, Amen.