Today’s Scripture: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
There was a pastor who preached a service in England and then rushed to a train to get to another engagement. Just as he was about to board the train, a man that had been in the service came up to him and said, “Sir, what do I need to do to be saved?”
I don’t know about you, but I think I would’ve perhaps missed the train for this man. However, for whatever reason this preacher had to get on the train, so he told him, “I must get on this train, it’s the last one. Do you have a Bible?”
The man said, “Yes.”
“Go home, and find Isaiah 53:6. Read it carefully. Go in at the first all and come out at second all, and you will be saved.”
This intrigued the man. He didn’t know what the preacher was talking about, but he rushed home, grabbed his Bible, and turned to Isaiah 53:6.
What is the first all? Universal sin. If you want to be saved, enter in at the first all. In other words, realize that everyone, including yourself, is a sinner. Just as universal as sin, so is it that anybody can come out at the second all. You go into the first all saying, “I’m one of the sinners; I’m one of the all.” Then you come out at the second all saying, “He paid for my sins because He paid the price for all sins.”
God’s grace and mercy are not limited. They are available to everyone. He desires to be the Savior of all and made the payment for everyone’s sins. Anyone can be saved, the only thing they need to do is recognize that they can’t do anything to save themselves and believe that Jesus paid for their sins on the cross. Since salvation is available to everyone, let’s make sure that we share it with everyone we can.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.