By David A. Sargent
Rickey Wagoner, a driver for the Greater Dayton [Ohio] Regional
Transit Authority, said he stopped his bus to check a mechanical
problem around 5 a.m. Monday (2/24/14) when three men approached
him. A struggle ensued. Wagoner was shot three times –
two times in the chest and once in his leg – and stabbed in the
arm. He was able to wrestle the gun away from his attackers,
and they fled.
Wagoner called 911 reporting the incident and the injuries he
sustained. He was taken to the hospital and released the
following day! How could he recover so quickly – especially
since he had been shot twice in the chest?
The two bullets fired at his chest had been slowed by a book of
paraphrased Bible verses that he was carrying in his shirt
pocket. Wagoner said in his 911 call that he felt two shots to
his chest and that he felt like he’d “been hit with a
sledgehammer.” Police later reported that two small-caliber
bullets hit the booklet called "The Message," which has Bible verses
in contemporary language, and were found lodged inside the book.
That Bible book saved his life! The Bible can save OUR lives,
Observe James 1:21-25: “21Therefore put away all filthiness
and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word,
which is able to save your souls. 22But be doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23For if anyone is a
hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks
intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24For he looks at himself
and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25But the one
who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres,
being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed
in his doing.”
Our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and is FATAL (Matthew
7:13-14). But “the Book” (the Bible) informs us that God loves
us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our
sins (John 3:16; 1 Peter 2:24). Through Jesus, we can enjoy
the forgiveness of our sins and receive the gift of eternal life
(Ephesians 1:7; Romans 6:23).
In order to accept His offer of salvation, we must “plant” the Word
by receiving and believing the message that Jesus, the Son of God,
died for our sins. We must place our faith and trust in Him
and His perfect sacrifice (Acts 16:30-31). We must “put away
all filthiness and rampant wickedness” through our repentance (Acts
17:30-31). Then, confessing our faith in Jesus (Romans
10:9-10), we must be baptized (immersed) into Christ for the
forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Then, as we
continue to walk in the light of His Word, the blood of Jesus
continues to cleanse us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
Receive it, believe it, and obey it and you will be “saved by the
Book” – for the Book tells us about Jesus who “took the bullet” for
our sins and died in our place so that we might have forgiveness and
receive the gift of eternal life.
Won’t YOU implant the Word in your heart and be saved by Christ
through your trusting obedience?
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood
in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional
entitled Living Water." To learn more about this excellent
resource contact David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
* Information gleaned from CBSnews.com