The Holocaust has always been an impossible subject to me. I cannot read about it or watch anything concerning its horrors without weeping.
Although it may sound trite, I believe with all my heart that God wanted me to write Twelve Smooth Stones first. It would not have been my choice. However, if Galatians 2:20 is to be lived, then I do what He bids me to do!
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Beyond the tears shed about the Holocaust, my heart also breaks for His people, the Jews. They are His chosen people, but they are so blinded. A trip to Israel in 2011 only solidified this fact in my mind and heart.
My prayer is for you, dear reader–that as you read about the struggles that Esther endured to find the truth–that you too will be drawn to Jesus Christ, the true Messiah. Would you consider all the proof given here contained in the Word of God? Would you allow Him to break your heart, Jew or Gentile, and receive His payment for your penalty of sin? Would you allow Him to purchase you from the slave market of sin to become His rightful heir?
That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:9-12).
Salvation is a decision to give your life to Jesus Christ. At some point in all our lives, we realize that this world is just temporary. Life may have lost its purpose – you may be discouraged or disillusioned. Our world says, “Get all you can, can all you get and sit on the can.” But then what? There must be more to life than getting and enjoying all you’ve gotten! There is: Jesus Christ. He died that we might live. We realize that eternity is real: every person who has ever lived and died on earth is there now – in heaven or in hell. To me, this life is like our time in the womb – its whole purpose is to prepare us for REAL life! Where will you be when it is your time to break forth into eternity? Only Jesus Christ can pay the price for eternal life. Ask Him into your heart. It’s as easy as ABC:
A – Admit that you are a sinner (For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God [Romans 3:23].)
B – Believe that Jesus died for you ( But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us [Romans 5:8].)
C – Commit your need for a Savior to Him. (If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved ([Romans 10:9].)
It’s as easy as ABC and as difficult as XYZ:
X – Excuses as to why you don’t need this (Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian” [Acts 26:28].)
Y – Your pride (The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts [Psalm 10:4].)
Z – Zone out: put up all the barriers and keep Jesus from coming close (“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing ([Matthew 23:37].)