Did You Receive The Pardon?

There is a gift that the God of the Universe wants to give to you. It is the gift of a complete pardon for all your offenses against Him. This free gift is only awarded to a person on their complete repentance (change of mind towards Him resulting in a change of direction for one’s life), and receiving of the pardon. The pardon is locked up in receiving the person of Jesus the Messiah (Christ) into the core of your being.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20).

 In the year 1829, a Philadelphia man named George Wilson robbed the U.S. Mail Service, killing someone in the process. Wilson was arrested, brought to trial, found guilty, and sentenced to be hanged. Some friends intervened in his behalf and were finally able to obtain a pardon for him from President Andrew Jackson. But, when he was informed of this, George Wilson refused to accept the pardon! The sheriff was unwilling to enact the sentence—for how could he hang a pardoned man? An appeal was sent to President Jackson. The perplexed President turned to the United States Supreme Court to decide the case. Chief Justice Marshall ruled that a pardon is a piece of paper, the value of which depends on its acceptance by the person implicated. It is hardly to be supposed that a person under the sentence of death would refuse to accept a pardon, but if it is refused, it is then not a pardon. George Wilson must be hanged. So, George Wilson was executed, although his pardon lay on the sheriff’s desk. What will you do with the full pardon offered to you by the Chief Justice—the God of the Universe?

So, dear friend, have you received the pardon yet? Does your pardon for sin still lay on the desk? To what will you appeal to in the day of Judgment? How much time do you have left? Is there a better day than today to receive His pardon? Be sincere before Him and own your personal sin before Him. Tell Him your need of forgiveness for your sin, and invite Him into your life. Receive His pardon!

Keith Thomas

Story taken from 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Edited by Michael Green. Published by Baker Books. Page 317.

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One Response to Did You Receive The Pardon?

  1. RichC says:

    Those new “Old Testament Heroes” are excellent studies. Looking forward to a few more in addition to Abraham.

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