Today’s Scripture: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1¬†Timothy¬†1:15

The gospel is open to all; the most respectable has no more claim than the worst.

John Newton, the author of “Amazing Grace”, was nearing the end of his life. For many years, he had crisscrossed England, sharing his incredible story of redemption. It’s a story most of us know pretty well by now, how God rescued him from the depths of despair and wickedness. A former slave trader, he became a popular preacher and Christian leader.

Newton’s health was rapidly deteriorating and some tried to persuade him to stop his public ministry, to settle down, and quit sharing his amazing life story. However, Newton would have none of it. When asked about his health, he said, “My memory is almost gone, but I remember two things: I am a great sinner, and Jesus Christ is a great Savior.”

This is the great truth of the gospel, stripped to its most essential parts. This is our life story in a nutshell. Dead in our sins and without hope, we were rescued by a loving God whose gift of Jesus reconciled us to Him.

Like Newton, we’re just great sinners who’ve found a Great Savior.

No matter what we face in life, we have the hope of Heaven awaiting us. Maybe you’re experiencing health problems, and you’re a little discouraged. Cling to God’s promise, rest in His love, and bask in His glory.

Share this message with those who don’t know Christ, who are living in this world without hope.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder