A Would-Be Suicide

 He had already written the good-bye notes to loved ones. Luther Cook planned to end his life that night.

cafe  As he sat in a New York cafe sipping a cup of coffee, he scarcely noticed a teenage girl sharing his table until he was startled to see her bow her head and thank God for the food.

He thought of his childhood days when his godly parents took him to church. faithfully and conducted family devotions. Luther became a successful musician, playing timpani (kettle drums) in several symphony orchestras under some of the world's greatest conductors.

                                                                            timpani

He drifted into sin and became a slave of booze and lust. "I can take a drink or I can leave it alone," he boasted.

     beerOne day a fried challenged him to prove that he could leave it alone. To his dismay he found that he could not. All the so called "cures" failed to deliver him.

                                                                       sad man  He realized that he could not continue in his professional music the way he was going. Finally, in the depths of despondency, he decided to end it all.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN BORN AGAIN?

When the girl lifted her head he said to her, "Where did you learn that custom?"

                 conversation  She looked at him right in the eye and asked, "Have you ever been born again?"

 

He was astonished at her question, but he knew what she meant. He said, "When I was about your age, I made a profession of faith in Christ."

"But, Mister, it isn't professing Christ that saves anybody; you must possess Him!"

There was another painful silence as the full force of the girl's words smote him, and then she added, "It seems to me that you need to get under the preaching of God's Word."

  "I suppose you are right. What church would you recommend?"                                                                        church

"Come to my church," she said and gave him the pastor's name.

streets  Luther thanked her and left the cafe, his head in a whirl. He walked the streets of New York, and all he could see to hear or think was, "It isn't professing Christ that saves anybody, you must possess Him!"

                                                                                 excited man  That night he went to church for the first time in over twenty-five years. The sermon was from John 1:12, "But as many as received Him, to them gave HE power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name."

                              thinking man  "As I listened to that blessed text," said Luther, "I realized that possessing Christ and receiving Him meant the same thing."

The preacher declared, "The Lord Jesus  wants to come into your life to save you. The Lord Jesus said, 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with Me,' (Revelation 3:20).

forever  "The Lord Jesus is a gentleman. He will not force His way into your life, but if you will invite Him to come in, on the basis of what He did for you on the cross, He will gladly come in to stay FOREVER, because the Bible teaches us that the Lord Jesus is a FOREVER-SAVING Saviour!"

                                                                    kneeling  "That clinched it," said Luther. "I had tried the other 'saviours' and they failed. I hurried back to my hotel room, got down on my knees by my bed, and, instead of blowing my brains out, I told God that I knew I was a lost sinner and believed that Christ had died for me, was buried and rose again, and that then and there I would receive this forever-saving Christ as my Lord and saviour."

A NEW CREATURE

joy  "What a blessed joy and relief I experienced that night as He lifted from me the weight of my sins, all of which He had paid at Calvary.

                                                                                          "He began in me that blessed work of transformation of which we read in II Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore in any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.'

"How I rejoice in the certain knowledge that my mother's faithful prayers followed me some twenty years after she went to be with the Lord, and that our faithful God answered her prayers by saving me and calling me into His blessed service."

                                      God delivered Luther  from sinful habits and taught him to witness.

Maybe another "Luther Cook" is reading this. What God did for Mr. Cook, the professional drummer, the miserable alcoholic, destitute, discouraged and despondent slave of sin, He can do for you.

                                                                                    cross  You must receive the Lord Jesus. He demonstrated His love for you by his agonizing death on the cross to provide you full and free salvation. He rose from the dead and lives today exalted at the right hand of God in the same body of flesh and bones in which He was crucified and buried.

         Jesus  "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.: (I Timothy 2:5).

Paul Levin

Tell the Lord Jesus you will receive Him now...

"I know that I am a sinner. The best I know how, I now receive the living Son of God as my Lord and Saviour. With HIS help I intend to live for HIM and confess HIM as my Lord."

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