2000-01-29 - Steps to Peace with God
The most popular tract to ever be used is one called Steps to Peace with God. It has been widely adapted and many versions are in circulation today, adapted to fit the needs of local churches who use them far and wide to spread the Gospel. It has been printed in many languages. This past summer my church used a version called bridge to life. The tract depicts two cliffs where sinful man stands on one side separated by a vast gulf from Holy God on the opposite cliff. The problem is presented - how does sinful man establish a communion with Holy God? The answer is presented by the cross of Calvary as the only bridge between the gulf. The promise of God in Jesus Christ is found in:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
ALL who accept the atonement Jesus Christ made on that cruel cross of Calvary are forgiven their sins and promised eternal life with Him. Whereas John 3:18 contrasts this by presenting the truth all are condemned already who have not accepted this bridge to life.
John 3:18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who has not believed has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
One may view this most famous of all tracts at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associations website. http://theway.billygraham.org/steps1.asp
If you are interested in using these tracts or know someone who is interested you may also obtain an adaption of this tract free from A.C.T.S. Ministries in California. The address for this website is: http://www.calvarychapel.com/acts/
Anyway, since we are talking about bridge stories I'd like to share one from The Biblical Research Monthly, February 1962 written by Forrest E. Johnson.
Albert Drecker is the name of a real man who piloted a huge railroad bridge that spanned the Passaic river. It was his responsibility to open the bridge to river steamers and close it for railroad traffic. One day, not far from the mighty levers that Drecker was manipulating to bring the closed bridge back to position, his little eight year old boy stood watching the bridge, the water, and the steamer that had just passed through. Suddenly the bridge gave a mighty lurch. The little lad was hurled into the turbulent waters. Drecker's first thought was to leave the pilot house and to dive for his drowning boy. This he was about to do when he heard in the distance the shrill scream of an approaching passenger train. Drecker was sure that that train, with all of its human cargo, was approaching his bridge. To save his boy would mean to plunge the train and its cargo into death. To save the train would mean to turn his back on his dying son. The true record states that Albert Drecker remained at his post. But his only son was lost!
On another occassion a Father turned His back as His only Son died upon a cross in order that the world might be saved. God the Father indeed heard the dying agonies of His sinless Son from the awful cross of Calvary, and could so easily have commanded ten thousand legions of angels earthward to make short work of the motley crowd who would kill His only Son.
God the Father would have done so had he not heard in the approaching centuries the dying wails of Adam's race as they approached eternity with no bridge to cross. If a bridge were to be made, Christ must die. Thus, God turned His back on His only Son and saved Him not. But the bridge of grace was flung across the great fixed gulf from time to eternity.
Dear friend have you crossed? The bridge was built at an awful cost--for you! Thank God with all your heart and cross over today!