THE MOST INTERESTING STORY I EVER
HEARD . . .
... was told to me by a man over eighty years of age. We were
sitting together on a rock jutting out of a mountainside in Arkansas.
Here is his story:
"I was down in this country during the Civil War. Yonder
there were hundreds of tents where our soldiers were encamped.
Measles broke out and many of the brave lads died. I was wardmaster
in charge of the tents where the measles patients were located.
"One night I passed a bunk where there was a very sick soldier lad
not more than seventeen. The boy looked at me with a pathetic
expression and said:
I believe I am going to die. I am not a
Christian. I never had Christian training. I did go with a
friend to Sunday School just once. A woman taught the Sunday School
class. She read us something out of the Bible about a man I
think his name was Nicodemus. Anyway, it was about a man who went to
see Jesus one night. Jesus told this man he must be born again.
The teacher said all people must be born again in order to go to heaven
when they die. I have never been born again, and I dont want
to die like this. Wont you please get the chaplain so he can
tell me how to be born again?"
The old man hesitated... "In those days I was an
agnostic at least, that is what I called myself. As a matter
of fact, I wasnt anything but an old sinner. So I told the
You dont need a chaplain. Just be quiet now.
Dont worry, youll be all right.
"I went around the
ward and in about an hour I came back to the boys bed. He
looked at me out of such sad, staring eyes as he said,
if you wont get me the chaplain, please get me the doctor. I
am choking to death.
All right, my son, Ill get
the doctor, I said.
"I found the doctor. He came and
mopped out the throat of the lad so he could breathe a little easier. I
knew the boy was going to die. The boy was so sweet he literally
climbed into my heart. He thanked me for my kindness. He
thanked the doctor for being so good to him.
"In about an hour I came back expecting to find the boy dead.
As the light began to fade from his eyes he looked up and said,
is no use, Wardmaster, I have got to die, and I havent been born
again. Whether you believe in it or not, wont you find the
chaplain and let him tell me how to be born again?
"I looked at
him for a moment and thought about how helpless he was in the grip of
death. So I said,
All right, my son, I will get the
"I walked away a few paces, turned and went back to the boys
bedside. I said,
My boy, I am not going to get you the
chaplain. I am going to tell you what to do myself. Now,
understand, I am an agnostic. I dont know whether there is any God.
I dont know whether there is any heaven. I dont know
whether there is any hell. I dont know anything.... Well, yes, I
do. I know one thing-- I know my mother was a good woman. I
know if there is a God my mother knew Him. If there is a heaven I
know she is there. So I will tell you what my mother told me.
You can try it and see if it works. Now, I am going to teach you a
verse of Scripture. The verse is John 3:16:
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
My mother said that I cannot save myself,
but if I will believe in Jesus He will save me.
"I asked the boy to say the verse with me. He followed with
a weak and trembling voice:
For God so loved the world,
For God so loved the world;
He gave His only begotten Son,
He gave His only begotten Son,;
that whosoever believeth in Him
that whosoever believeth in Him;
should not perish,
should not perish;
but have everlasting life,
but have everlasting life.
Now, my boy, my mother said if a person will trust Jesus he will not perish but have
"He closed his eyes, stretched his hands across his breast and in
a whisper he quoted slowly, repeating some of the words several times:
God so loved the world . . . He gave His only begotten
Son . . . that whosoever, whosoever, whosoever
believeth, believeth in Him, believeth in Him.
"Then he stopped and said in a clear voice,
it works! I believe in Him! I shall not perish! I have
everlasting life! I have been born again. Ward master, your
mother was right. Why dont you try it! I want to ask you
to do something for me. Take a kiss to my mother and tell her that
her dying son said, It works.
"I leaned over him and as he drew his last breath he said, It
The old man wiping tears out of his eyes and tears out of the wrinkles
of his face, said "The lad was right. It does work.
Whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but has now
everlasting life. It works. I know it works! "
** Author Unknown.
A Prayer for Salvation
Dear God, I know that as a sinner I deserve eternal
death, but I thank You that Jesus Christ, Your perfect Son, died in my
place that I might be saved. I here and now open my heart to Christ
and receive Him as my Saviour and as the Lord of my life.
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"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to TRIUMPH in Christ..."
II Corinthians 1:14