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Sickness had suddenly stopped a man’s active business life and kept him from his place in the church where he had a respected role. He had never before considered his own need in the sight of God, or where he would go when he died.

A friend came to see him and mentioned to the sick merchant, “I have more than once been near death, and I can’t describe what peace I enjoyed at the thought of meeting God, simply trusting in the precious blood of Jesus Christ as my only right to be there.”

The sick man raised himself on his elbow and said, “I’ve been thinking about the same subject a lot lately. I haven’t been sufficiently zealous in religion to say I can look into the future as you do. I would give everything I have if I could.”

“Religion gives no right to heaven,” replied his visitor. “Religion never gave anybody peace with God. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can do that.”

The sick man seemed bewildered. He had thought that religion was the very best thing in the world and that when people spoke of “conversion” or “salvation,” they simply expressed in that way, and according to their own peculiar creed, the same thing as he called “religion.” His friend saw his confusion and said, “May I read you a short passage from the Bible?” With permission he read an account of the first Passover.

“They shall take to them every man a lamb. … Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats … and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. … For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt … and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. … For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you” (Exodus 12:3‑23).

“It was the blood shed and sprinkled, the blood trusted, and only it,” he said, “that gave safety to all within the houses that night. All under the shelter of the blood were safe; all outside it were doomed.”

There was a solemn silence in the room as he finished reading, and then the sick man said slowly, with great emotion, “It’s all in the blood. I see it now. I have been trusting to my religion and my own righteousness, but now I see clearly that my only right to salvation is in the blood of Christ.” The merchant lived to testify to others of the precious blood of Christ, the sinner’s only right to enter heaven.

How many think that religion is a savior! How many are trusting in their own righteousness and good works to take them or to help them into heaven, whereas God declares that the precious blood of Christ, trusted in by the sinner, is his only shelter from coming wrath. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son [God’s only begotten Son] cleanseth us from ALL sin” (1 John 1:7). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).