A Call for Help
David Urey was desperate. His wife lay critically
injured from an automobile accident in West Virginia.
Doctors said she needed immediate attention from a
neurosurgeon if she were to survive. Urey tried to
charter a helicopter to fly her to Washington, D.C.,
where the nearest adequate medical care was available.
He was unsuccessful.
Finally he declared, “I’m going to call the White
House!” It was a bold and desperate act, but somehow
Urey got through. As a result, President Nixon’s
private helicopter was immediately dispatched to
Urey’s aid. *
to our sin, WE are in desperate need of salvation,
“for the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Our
own attempts to save ourselves are futile. Unless we
receive outside help, we are doomed.
God invites us to “call” to Him for
salvation. Although He is
Lord of heaven and earth, it is not an imposition for
us to call upon Him. We need not feel hesitant or
unworthy to approach Him, for He WANTS to save us! He
“desires all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
Peter was preaching to a large audience who had
assembled in Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of
Pentecost (see Acts 2). He told them of the man
called Jesus who had been crucified in that very city
just fifty days earlier. He pointed out the ones who
were responsible for His crucifixion: "Him, being
delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge
of God, YOU have taken by lawless hands, have
crucified, and put to death” (Acts 2:23).
YOU and I
share the blame for placing Jesus on the cross, for He
died for the sins of the whole world:
“And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and
not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1
Peter had GOOD NEWS for his audience – and for US! He
said that the things that had happened that day were
in fulfillment of a prophecy made by the prophet Joel
many years before (see Acts 2:16-21). The conclusion
of the prophecy contains these hopeful words: “And
it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name
of the LORD Shall be saved” (Acts 2:21; from
How do WE “call on the name of the Lord”? How can WE
response to the question, “Men and brethren, what
shall we do?" (Acts 2:36) asked by those who realized
that the Man that they had crucified, “God had made
both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:37), Peter responded:
and let every one of you be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise
is to you and to your children, and to all who are
afar off, as many as the Lord our God will CALL”
God was already “calling” them – and now US – through
the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus (see 2
And we can “call upon Him” for salvation in the same
way they did on that Day of Pentecost by: placing
and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turning from our
sins in repentance
His name before men (see Romans 10:9-10), and being
(immersed) in His name for the forgiveness of sins
God is waiting for your call. In fact, He’s already
answered it through the GIFT of His Son!
Won’t YOU call upon Him
for salvation through your trusting obedience?
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
* David Bragg, Pure
Religion: A Study of James. Nashville, TN: Gospel
Advocate, 2007. 31.
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