By SIR JAMES SIMPSON, M.D.
THE INVENTOR OF CHLOROFORM
WHEN I was a boy at school, I saw
a sight I can never forget - a man tied to a cart and dragged through
the streets of my native town, his back torn and bleeding from the lash.
It was a shameful punishment.
For many offences? No; for one
Did any of the townsmen offer to
divide the lashes with him? No! He who committed the offence bore the
penalty all alone. It was a penalty of a changing law, for it was the
last instance of its infliction.
When I was a student at the university
I saw another sight I can never forget - a man brought to die. His arms
were pinned down; his face was pale as death - thousands of eager eyes
were upon him as he came from the jail. Did any man ask to die in his
Did any friend come and loose the
rope and say, “Put it around my neck; I will die instead”?
No! He underwent the sentence of
For many offences? No!
It was for one offence of robbery.
He broke the law at one point, and died for it. It was the penalty of
a changing human law in this case also; it was the last instance of
capital punishment being inflicted for that offence.
I saw another sight I shall never
forget - myself a sinner, standing on the brink of eternal punishment
in the lake of fire.
For one sin? No!
For many, many sins that I had
committed against the unchanging laws of God. I looked again, and behold,
Jesus Christ became my Substitute. He bore in His own body on the tree
all the punishment for my sins.
He died on the cross that I might
live in Heaven. He suffered - the Just for the unjust - that He might
bring me to God. He redeemed me from the curse of the law. I sinned
and was condemned to eternal punishment. But He bore the punishment
and I am free.
The Law of God required a perfect
righteousness which I never had. Again I looked unto Him and found that
“Christ is the end of the law to everyone who believes.”
The Law required spotless purity, and I was defiled with sin. Again
I looked unto Him who loved me and paid the penalty of my sins at Calvary.
“He was wounded
- pierced through - for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes
we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
I was a child of Satan, a child
of wrath, but the Scrip-ture says, “as many as received Him (Jesus),
to them gave He the right to become the children of God, even to them
that believe on His Name.” And I found in Him, not only my Substitute,
but the full supply of every need of my life.
And now I long for you to come
to this Saviour also,
there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved.”
let it be known to you brethren, that through this One forgiveness of
sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is
declared righteous - justified from all things, from which you could
not be justified through the Law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39)
CALL UPON THE MESSIAH
TO SAVE YOU TODAY!
“WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?”
in the Sovereign Heavenly Master, Y’shua the Messiah and you will
be saved; (and this applies both to) you and your household as well.”
WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:13)
“Calling on God” is
not simply asking Him to get you out of some difficult situation. It
is calling upon Him to save you, to forgive you, to cleanse you, to
take over your life, and to make you a new person. It is trusting the
Saviour to deliver you from the bondage of sin, and to turn your life
The miracle that you need most
is not relief from some sickness or problem; it is a mighty touch on
you that reconciles you to the Heavenly Father, and that makes you His
So my burdened reader, simply put
your faith in the Messiah and let Him save you today. Receive Him as
your personal Saviour, and receive the gift He offers to you:
of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in the Messiah,
Y’shua our Master.” (Romans 6:23)
But someone may be saying, “I
don’t feel I have faith to believe. It is no use me calling to
Then you must give up hope; you
must perish! But wait, there is one thing you can do; ask God for the
faith to believe.
It's not a matter of how you feel.
Simply pray ...
“Oh God, I don't have faith;
but I ask You to give me the faith to believe, and to claim Your promises.
I ask in Jesus’ Name.”
And if you mean it, you will find
God drawing you, and giving you the faith to believe.
Dear Reader, please don’t
go on another day with your burden of sin.
Call on the Saviour now!
The following prayer may help you
to express your thoughts.