1900 Years

by | Jun 10, 1998 | Salvation

On a dull, sultry day some years ago, a young man was seated in a railway train with a clergyman across the aisle reading the daily paper. The young man, a recent convert to Christianity, was gazing out of the window in happy contemplation when he began to sing quietly the gospel song “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!”

When he came to the end of the first stanza, the minister softly joined in the refrain, and then remarked, “I take it, young man, that you are a Christian.”

“Yes, sir,” the younger man replied.

“How long is it since you were redeemed?” Asked the minister.

“Nineteen hundred years, sir,” came the prompt reply.

“But I mean,” said the preacher, a little nonplussed, “how long since you yourself were redeemed?”

Again the new convert replied, “Nineteen hundred years, sir.”

With this answer the conversation lapsed, and the minister resumed his reading. As the lad was about to leave the train, he said, “Pardon me, sir, I did not wish to appear smart or clever in my reply just now. I meant what I said. I was redeemed nineteen hundred years ago, but it was only last year that I found it out.”

Never were truer words spoken of the philosophy of salvation. Nineteen hundred years ago our Lord purchased our pardon on Calvary’s cross.

By Kenneth J. Holland, These Times, January 1967. With permission from Dale Galusha dalgal@pacificpress.com


1900 Years