Saturday, March 18, 2023
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:23-26 KJV).
Here is “the most valuable discovery!”
In 1847, Dr. James Young Simpson of Edinburgh, Scotland, discovered chloroform was an anesthetic (useful in rendering patients insensitive to pain—especially women during childbirth). Some years after, while delivering a lecture before students at the University of Edinburgh, one pupil inquired of the obstetrician, “What do you consider to be the most valuable discovery of your lifetime?” They all expected him to reply, “Chloroform.” Instead, the physician shocked them with his answer, “My most valuable discovery was when I discovered myself a sinner and that Jesus Christ was my Saviour!”
This serves as a simple reminder. While we can acquire education, pursue careers, gather and publish valuable data in our respective fields, win prestigious awards and become recognized around the world, how can all of this even partially compare to our recognizing our sinful estate and coming to realize what God did at Calvary’s cross to rescue us? As brilliant as Dr. Simpson was, he knew his weaknesses and failures and humbly admitted them and his need to be delivered from them. In the world’s eyes, his accomplishments in medicine had (still have) preeminence, but, in his own eyes, he was a sinner like everyone else and was eager to share his testimony about how the Lord Jesus Christ saved him from the deadliest disease of all—sin.
“Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose again the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31).