Joy and Peace in Believing

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A telegraph clerk became concerned about his soul. He realized that he was a sinner and was on his way to a lost eternity. He could find no peace, comfort or rest, even though he sought it one Sunday by listening attentively to three different preachers. He went home to his room in great distress. How could he be saved? He had little sleep that night, knowing that his sins were unforgiven.
Monday morning he went to his work in a telegraph office at a railway station. Soon after he arrived, his station signal was called. As the message came over the wire he wrote down the name of the sender and addressee. Then came the message: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! (John 1:2929The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29).)
In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (Eph. 1:77In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:7).)
Amazed, he read and reread the telegram.
Though it was sent to a young woman who was also troubled about her soul, it was God's message to him.
He said afterward, "The words—redemption... forgiveness of sins... riches of His grace—went right into my heart! No one in the whole world could have had greater joy than I had that Monday morning!"
O what a Savior that He died for me!
From condemnation He hath made me free;
"He that believeth on the Son," saith He,
Hath everlasting life."
Though all unworthy, yet I will not doubt;
For him that cometh He will not cast out;
“He that believeth"—Oh, the good news shout!
Hath everlasting life."