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We all need to be saved

Chaplain Bertram Bobb

October 2011

I join Chief Pyle, Assistant Chief Batton and the Tribal Council members in praising the Lord for another year of a great celebration of family reunion at Tushka Homma. Falamut ishla chike! (Come back again!)

I missed visiting with any 1932 former students of Jones Male Academy. I missed seeing Buster Jefferson. I did see Alvie Carney, a classmate and a football and basketball player at Goodland School. Alvie served in the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima in World War II.

It was good to visit with our leaders and friends at the Labor Day Festival, too.

If somebody says, “saved,” what does that mean to you?

A doctor saves a patient’s life by the skill that he uses in surgery. A lifeguard saves a child from drowning. But in the religious term, many people do not understand what “saved” means.

Paul said to the Philippian jailor in Acts 16:31: “… Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

We all need to be saved. The Bible teaches that we have all broken God’s law. We have all sinned against God. We all need salvation.

We have problems in our homes. They are breaking up. We have business problems, health problems, family problems. Sometimes we want to scream. We want to just quit. We try to escape the reality of everyday living by using alcohol or drugs or even by trying suicide. Like that jailer in Philippi, mankind is crying out, in Acts 16:30 we read, “…what must I do to be saved?”

Paul and Silas had been preaching the Gospel. In Macedonia they went to Philippi and went to the place of prayer at the riverside. On their way they met a girl who was demon possessed. Paul said to the demon in the girl, “… to come out of her.” (Acts 16:18). And the demon came out.

The evil men who controlled the girl became angry because she had been telling future events and they were making money on her fortune telling. The men took Paul and Silas to the magistrates who had them beaten and thrown into jail and put in bonds.

Instead of moaning and groaning, what did they do?

We read in Acts 16:25-31: “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.

But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, “Sirs what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Paul and Silas “prayed and sang praises unto God,” and the other prisoners heard them.

All of a sudden an earthquake shook the whole prison, the doors opened, and the prisoners’ bonds and chains were broken.

Under Roman law, if the keeper of the prison ever lost a prisoner, he had to die, so the jailer was on the job all the time. When the keeper of the prison saw the open doors, he thought he would be killed. He pulled out his sword and was ready to kill himself, when, in Acts 16:28, we read: “But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.”

The jailer fell trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas and said, “… Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30)

He had been listening to their singing and heard their testimony of praises to the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul and Silas answered in Acts 16:31: “… Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

The Bible teaches that God created the whole universe, and that He holds us accountable for what we do with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

There will be a day of judgment. If we do not know Jesus Christ, we should be trembling. The good news is that, in spite of our sins, God loves us. He is willing to save us. He wants to take us to heaven.

The thief on the cross said, “… Lord, remember me …” and in that moment Jesus said, “… Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-42)

That thief had committed evil. He had no time to go and tell anybody he was sorry. He had no time to straighten anything out. He had no time to do anything. But he was saved that day. That’s how marvelous salvation is.

Is He your Savior? Have you said, “I want Jesus Christ to be my Savior and be my Lord.” I am praying for you.

Remember to pray for America. Pray for our leaders. Pray for our men and women in our armed service.