“Fire if you dare!”

Hands folded through jail bars

“Why are you not going to hell and why is God not going to judge you?” a college student questioned his Christian friend in a mocking voice. His friend remembered a true story his great grandfather had told him, which illustrated the fact that the Christian, a true believer in the Lord Jesus, is safe and secure from hell.

Years ago, said the Christian friend, in one of the Spanish-speaking countries in South America, a British citizen was charged with joining in a local riot. He was condemned to death and was brought out before a squad of soldiers to be shot. Without avail the British and American ambassadors protested against his execution. Suddenly, just as the officer was about to give the word “Fire!” the British ambassadors rushed to the side of the condemned man, wrapped him in the British flag and cried,
“Fire if you dare!”
The result was that the soldiers put down their arms and the man was delivered over to British protection.

This is a striking illustration of the sheltering value of the Savior’s blood. The sinner who believes in Jesus is saved from the judgment of God against his sins, being covered with the robe of Christ’s righteousness.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

“The sinner who believes in Jesus is not condemned, but instead is redeemed…with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18–19) and is protected as one of God’s dear children.

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust” (Psalms 91:2).

“But he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved"(Acts 16:31)

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