Tuesday, September 1, 2015

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
William Gladstone, Statesman, Prime Minister and unquestionably one of Great Britain's most able, and greatest legal minds in the 1800s stated:
Talk about the questions of the day! There is but one question and that is the Gospel. That can and will correct everything. I am glad to say that about all the men at the top in Great Britain are Christians. I have been in public positions fifty-eight years, all but eleven of them in the Cabinet of the British Government, and during those forty-seven years have been associated with sixty of the master minds of the century, and all but five of the sixty were Christians.”
WOW.!!! What a statement coming from the Greatest British Prime Minister who ever lived! It is little wonder then that Queen Victoria stated: “I could wish that Jesus Christ would return in my lifetime.” When she was asked, “Why?” she answered: “I would so love to lay my crown at His feet.”
Queen Victoria once attended a service in St. Paul's Cathedral and listened to a sermon that interested her greatly. Afterwards she asked her chaplain, “Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety?” His answer was that he knew no way that one could be absolutely sure.

This incident was published in the Court News and came to the notice of a humble Minister of the Gospel, John Townsend. After reading of Queen Victoria's question and the answer she received, he prayed much about the matter and then sent the following note to the Queen.

To her gracious Majesty our beloved Queen Victoria from one of her most humble subjects. With trembling hands, but heart-filled love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now for our eternal life in the Home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask Your Most Gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture - John 3:16; Romans 10: 9, 10.”
“I sign myself, Your servant for Jesus' sake,”
John Townsend

John Townsend was not alone in praying about his letter to the Queen. He took others into his confidence and much prayer was offered up to God on Her Majesty's behalf. About two weeks later,
he received a modest-looking envelope in which was enclosed the following letter.

To John Townsend:
Your letter of recent date received and in reply would state that I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to. I believe in the finished work of Christ for me, and trust by God's grace to meet you in that Home of which He said, I go to prepare a place for you.”
(Signed) Victoria Guelph

                                    WHAT A LEGACY 
                            QUEEN VICTORIA LEFT!
Some years later the Queen was visiting the tenants on one of her Royal Estates and an elderly lady nervously came up to her, curtseyed, and said, trembling, “Your Majesty, will I see you in Heaven, one day?” Victoria smiled and replied, “By the all-availing blood of Jesus, you most certainly shall, my dear! I have His Word on it!”

After Queen Victoria discovered the Good News of Eternal Life through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, she eventually carried copies of a small booklet to give to her subjects. It was titled 'Safety, Certainty and Enjoyment' and it contained the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Queen Victoria reigned over the great British Empire for nearly 64 years until her death on January 22, 1901. She was laid to rest beside Prince Albert at the Frogmore Royal Mausoleum at Windsor. Above the door of the Mausoleum are inscribed the following words from Victoria: “Farewell best friend, here at last I shall rest with thee, with thee in Christ, I shall rise again.”

My question to you reading this blog is: "Are you ready to meet your Maker?"  After President Ronald Reagan narrowly escaped death at the hands of a deranged gunman, his pastor asked him: "Mr. President were you ready to die?" Ronald Reagan replied, "Oh no, I have much work to do! 

                            LIKE PRESIDENT REAGAN
His pastor pressed him, "I meant, were you ready to meet God?" The president smiled and answered: "Yes!" His pastor asked him, "Why?" President Ronald Reagan answered, "I have a Saviour!"

My friend, you too can have a Saviour. Please pray the following prayer in sincerity and faith in your heart to the Lord:
Almighty Eternal God and Heavenly Father, I approach Thy throne of Mercy and Grace in the name of Thy Son Jesus Christ,  Who died for me on that old rugged cross so many years ago. I humbly ask for Your help. I cannot save myself. Please forgive all my sins, cleanse me in Jesus' precious blood and make me Thy child. Come into my heart Lord Jesus. I now renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways and I confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God and the Only Saviour of the world. By faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His glorious resurrection from the dead, I receive Him now as my personal Lord and Saviour, for time and eternity! In Jesus' name, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer in repentance and faith, your sins are forgiven according to the Word of God, which states: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9,10) Amen.