My attention was so gripped by these beautiful words that I was unaware that Gran was talking to me and after getting no response she had come over to where I was to see if I was okay. It was then that she discovered her open Bible in my hands, and the truth was out! Consequently the rest of their meal was abandoned to assist me in my search for God.
In the weeks and even months to follow, they patiently pointed me to the Scriptures in answer to the deluge of my questions. There I learned the reason why the Precious Son of God came: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” 1 Timothy 1: 15, and why He had to die on a cruel Roman cross; He died as a substitute on the cross – for me: From the Scriptures I learned that “The Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost” Luke 19: 10. There was no doubt about it; I certainly knew what it was like to be lost. You can be sure that the one who is truly seeking after God with all their heart will be found by the One whose business it is to seek and to save the lost ones. This is a Biblical principal upon which we can confidently rest.
And so late one afternoon in November 1979, by faith I understood that I was the sinner whom Christ died to save and repented of the sin that had separated me from a loving God whom I longed to know. I rose up “a new creation, old things were passed away; behold, all things were become new” 2 Corinthians 5: 17. At last I knew I was in touch with the living God and had a personal relationship with His beloved Son who is alive in heaven this day. To me this was no longer presumption but a blessed reality. I could now identify with the blind man of John ch9. He had been given the gift of sight after a lifetime in darkness. As a result he was subjected interrogation by the religious rulers of that day. They tried to accuse the One who had done this marvelous work upon him as a sinner like all others, and they wanted the man to say something that would condemn his Healer. However the man who knew very little of the One who had just given him his sight knew one thing for sure and exclaimed “whether He be a sinner or not, I know not: but this one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind now I see” John 9: 25. Of this he was certain and his appreciation of the Lord Jesus grew with every passing moment.
On my homeward journey in my car that evening with my soul full of unspeakable joy I did something I had never done before; I sang with all my heart the words of the only hymn I knew at that time; the beautiful words of Amazing Grace beginning another chapter in my life – And, well, that's another story!