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“YOU CAN TRUST THE MAN THAT DIED FOR YOU”
by Philip Owen

Recently, I read the following account in an old devotional book.  “I went one night to hear an address on consecration.  No special message came to me from it, but as the speaker kneeled to pray, he dropped this sentence:  ‘O Lord, Thou knowest we can trust the Man that died for us.’  And that was my message.  I rose and walked down the street to the train; and as I walked, I pondered deeply all that consecration might mean to my life—and I was afraid.  And then, above the noise and clatter of the street traffic came to me the message:  ‘You can trust the Man that died for you.’”

Man’s religion rests on impotent principles, empty dogma, and mechanical rituals—none of which contains life, neither has the power to impart nor to transform life.  Biblical Christianity is, as a matter of practice, also a matter of trust.  But what the author of the preceding paragraph came to realize is that such trust does not rest on “blind” faith because the Bible provides ample empirical evidence for the validity of such faith. 

The words in the document of sound faith are trustworthy because of Who gave them to you.  You can trust them because they were imparted by “the Man that died for you”.  He died to fulfill their prophecies; He died to affirm their promises; and He died to finish their purpose.  In other words, these are words that He confirmed with His death.

The words He gave, the life He lived, and the death He died provide a threefold interdependent and unbreakable witness to the trustworthiness of the Lord’s character.  As such, you can trust the Man that died for you. 

What is your response when you lose your job and the bills pile up, when an incurable disease invades your body, or when your child grows sick and dies?  You can trust the Man that died for you.  What is your response when you are called upon to submit to the will of the Lord, when you are exhorted “to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:1, 2)?  You can trust the Man that died for you.  Can One Who would make such a sacrifice for the sake of your salvation and blessing then be unworthy your trust that what He requires is less than good and perfect?

When every precept and promise is sealed with His blood can you doubt or question them?  To do so is not to engage in some argument over theories and principles; it is to do no less than to cast aspersions on the character and work of the Man that died for you.  Your faith and life are anchored not in a moral code but in a Person.  If you are redeemed, you are not redeemed according to the dictates of a mere man or group of men but by the God-Man that died for you.

When confronted by the vicissitudes of life, you must ask, “Has this trial been ordained by God, this circumstance governed by Him?”  Since the answer is most certainly, “Yes!” then “you can trust the Man that died for you.”  He is more trustworthy than a loving parent, more trustworthy than a faithful spouse.  What good, worthwhile, or valuable thing would the Man that died for you ever withhold?  The answer is nothing.  Even trials, burdens, griefs, and afflictions of every sort are intended for your ultimate blessing.  You can trust the Man that died for you.  Redeemed one, have you given your life to Him?  

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