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No. 15
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

When I was a teenager I went to a surf beach with a number of other people.
The sea was very rough.
One of the men, a big tall fellow, went into swim anyway.
I was a good swimmer, and I went in after him.
He swam out a bit, so I followed him.
Then a rip got us and began to drag us out in the ocean.
The man yelled at me to make for the shore, and swam strongly back.
When I tried, the sea was too powerful!
And I just keep being pulled out by the currents.
The waves were coming over my head, and I went under twice.

I knew I was in big trouble!
The people on the shore were jumping up and down, and waving.
They were getting smaller now.
Then I went down for a long time.
I struggled up to the surface, and I heard a shout.
My boy friend, who couldn't swim, was running along a narrow bank of rocks.
He had a long surf rod in his hands.
He leaned right out over the waves and pushed the fishing rod towards me.
"GRAB IT!" he shouted. "COME ON, YOU CAN MAKE IT!"
I struggled with all the strength I had left, while my boy friend urged me on.
I managed to grab that rod, and my friend finally pulled me to the rocks.
I had to scramble up and my legs and hands were badly scratched.
He had saved me

I couldn't sleep that night thinking of how close I had gotten to a watery grave.
I thought of how I could have been eaten by sharks,
and was awfully scared by the incident.
The man who just left me in the sea, without even helping, apologised.
But he didn't try to save me, did he, when I couldn't save myself.

My friend was a saviour, he came to save me.
That is what Jesus Christ did, He came to save us all.
That is why He is called "Saviour."
If I had refused to let my friend with the rod help me, I would have drowned.
It is the same with Jesus.
He is holding out to you a way to be saved that is free.
Saved from what?
Your sin, and being away from God because of sin.
Those who will not let Jesus save them will die in their sin.
I hope you have let Jesus the Saviour save you.
If you haven't, then pray this prayer:

"I am sorry for my wrong doing,  my sin.
I believe You came to die for me, to save me.
I trust you as my Saviour.
Come into my life and be with me forever. Amen."

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31).


The Lord Jesus Christ did something more wonderful than what my friend with the fishing rod did for me. It was as though Jesus Christ had thrown Himself into the waves, and had drowned so that I could live. As though He had swapped places with me, and died so that I could escape. My human friend could never have done that.
I do believe he might have wanted to though because he loved me.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God,
and He COULD die for you and me.
He had the Divine ability to do so.
He did die not only for your sin and mine,
but for the sin of the whole world.
Even while we were sinners, He died for us.

The world is filled with awfully sinful people.
Murderers, sex-abusers, liars who ruin people's lives, drug-runners - many terrible sins. Jesus died for us all.

And God can now forgive all those who come to Him
through His Son's shed Blood on the Cross.

Have you reached out to Jesus, and are you saved?

"Look unto me, and be ye saved,
all the ends of the earth: for I am God,
and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:22).

Read as well Ephesians 3:17-19.

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