Jesus didn’t die for Catholics, Protestants, or Muslims, Irish, or English, French, or Jews – Jesus died to save SINNERS! If you are not a sinner, then you can’t get into heaven! If you are… here is some good news!
There was a
man, named Patrick, who lived in a time, not so much different than today. A
rebel, a slave, a sinner – turned preacher of the Gospel to a people who were,
just like him, sinners, in need of the Saviour. What happened? And why did it so
affect Ireland, and Europe?
Because of St.
Patrick, Ireland became known as “the land of saints and scholars.” It
became a thriving centre of Bible Christianity, a light to all of Europe where
multitudes came from far away lands to learn the Word of God - the Bible.
Who was St. Patrick?
(see also The Legacy of the True Historical Patrick)
389 - 465) was the son of a church minister and his grandfather also was a
pastor. He was born in Scotland near a village called Bannavem Tabernia, which
is now called Dumbarton.
he was sixteen years old, he was carried away from Scotland to Ulster by a band
of marauding Picts (or Celts). For six years as a slave, he was forced to
shepherd sheep on hillsides. It was on these lonely hillsides that he remembered
what his father had taught him from the Bible about Jesus, and finally turned to
God. As a slave, defeated and empty, he repented of his sinful life and called
upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save him from his sins. In his Confession he
“At 16 ... in a strange land the Lord opened my unbelieving eyes and I
It was in
Ireland Patrick surrendered to Jesus and was saved from his deserving punishment
of hell, and received eternal life all because of Christ whom he now dearly
from Ireland, and arriving back home in Scotland, the love Patrick had for
Christ burdened his heart to return to his enemies to tell them with such zeal
that they must be saved also.
reason for coming back to Ireland was to preach the Gospel to its lost
testify in truth and in joy of heart before God and His holy angels that I never
had any reason except the Gospel and its promises why I should ever return to
the people from whom once before I barely escaped."
laboured in Ireland for about fifty three years turning thousands from their
empty religion, which was predominantly druidism, to Christ. He speaks of
baptising thousands of adult converts and is credited for starting hundreds of
local churches where the Bible was preached and believed.
So, What’s This About Sin?
Why did Patrick
call himself “a sinner” instead of a saint? Why was Ireland
In both his
letters Patrick begins with the words,
"I am Patrick, a sinner, most
With a humble
heart, he knew the Lord Jesus had only come to save sinners. He, like the
apostle Paul realised it was for them, as sinners, that Christ
died. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save
sinners; of whom I am chief” 1 Timothy 1:15. Any other
self-assessment was a slap in the face of God.
Over, and over
again, the Scriptures emphasise,
This is the good news of Salvation for us
sinners, and is obtained only by surrender to Jesus.
Patrick came from a Christian family, he was not a Christian until the day, on a
hillside, that he repented of his sinfulness, and cried out for mercy from the
Saviour, as he says in his letter;
"And there the Lord opened the sense of my
unbelief that I might at last remember my sins and be converted with all my
heart to the Lord my God."
realised he was a sinner, and knew full well the punishment on sin, which
is eternal hell fire, He sought complete forgiveness from Christ who simply said,
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest” Matthew 11:28.
Like Patrick, we are all sinners before a holy and righteous God, and we
must reject of our sinful lives, and by faith, call upon the Lord Jesus Christ
to save us.
put a punishment on sin, which is death and then hell. But Jesus
paid the full price by taking the punishment for our sin on the cross 2,000
years ago. Now as a lost sinner, if you will repent with all your heart and cry
out to Him to save you, He will.
knew about salvation (being born again) and was without a doubt, heaven-bound:
“…on that day without doubt we shall rise in the brightness
of the sun, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our Redeemer, as sons of the
living God ...”
you like to be able to say the same?!
the Bottom Line
would Patrick say if he were here today? Just the same as he spoke 1,500 years
ago - as a sinner, you will face the wrath of your Creator unless you trust the
only Person that took your place on the cross, Jesus,
the Son of God! You can’t pay for sins yourself - Christ had to die for you!
1. You must
means hate your sins - all of them, and agree with God you deserve
hell. “God … commandeth all men every where
to repent” Acts 17:30. Hate not only your sins, but also
your goodness, and good works, because you can never be good enough to earn
God’s perfect GIFT of forgiveness. It is free!
2. You must Believe Jesus Christ is all you need to be saved from hell. Jesus said, “I
am the way… no man cometh unto the father, but by me” John 14:6.
You can’t get to God through your church, your priest, or good works.
3. You must
freely Accept the gift of salvation
- eternal life comes only from Jesus Himself. “The
gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord”
Romans 6:23. Jesus died to give you the forgiveness of your sins. Talk to Him in
prayer right now, and accept the forgiveness that He offers you for ALL your
blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanseth us from all sin”
1 John 1:7. Jesus alone is the only way to heaven! Not even Patrick can
Cry out to God right now. Ask Him to have mercy on
you, and save your soul.
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Romans 10:13. It is that simple! Don't be so proud you would miss this
opportunity. Hell is full of good people who were too proud to do what needed to
be done, right away!
Additional information about Patrick is found by clicking here.