A Second Chance
A. Edison was working on a unique new invention called
a "light bulb."
It took Edison and a whole team of men 24 straight
hours to put just one together.
When Edison was finished with one light bulb,
he gave it to a young boy helper, who nervously
carried it up the stairs for him.
Step by step, the young man cautiously watched
his hands, obviously fearful of dropping such a
priceless piece of work.
Then just as he was approaching the top of the
stairs, it happened…..
the poor young fellow DROPPED THE BULB! He
watched in horror as the prototype crashed helplessly
to the floor into pieces.
It took the entire team of men another
twenty-four hours to make another bulb.
Finally, it was completed! Exhausted
and ready for a break, Edison was ready to have his
bulb carried up the stairs.
He turned and handed it to the SAME young boy
who had dropped the first one!*
that is true forgiveness!
also has a unique creation: mankind.
He has given a precious commodity to His
creation called " LIFE."
He created men and women to find ultimate
fulfillment in their lives in doing the will of God.
Yet, from the very first couple that He created
– Adam and Eve – men and women have continued to
"mishandle" that which God has entrusted to
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God" (Romans 3:23).
Despite our BEST efforts in handling life
carefully, we all "fumble";
we either transgress or fall short of the will of God
in our lives.
God wants to give US a second chance!
The opportunity for a second chance came at a
God sent His Son Jesus to live and to die as a
man in order to "pay the price" for our
Jesus died on the cross, He took our sins upon
Himself, that YOU and I might be forgiven, and have a
(1 Peter 2:24).
THAT is true forgiveness!
forgiveness is available to all who will accept it on
His terms: Forgiveness
can be enjoyed by those who will place their faith in God (Hebrews
11:6), repent of their sins (Acts
17:30-31), confess Jesus before men
(Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized
(immersed) in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38).
The Apostle Paul described the appropriate
response to the sacrificial death of Christ with these
do you not know that as many of us as were baptized
into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into
death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by
the glory of the Father, even so WE also should walk
in newness of life" (Romans 6:3-4).
of life! -
Forgiveness! - A
THESE are the things that God wants to give US. And God will CONTINUE to forgive us as we CONTINUE to strive
to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).
that is TRUE forgiveness!
And, it is available to YOU.
Will you accept?
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
James Newton (adapted)
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