ANNIVERSARIES TRACT

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Glossy and well presented gospel tract written by James Brown on the anniversary of the expedition of Captain Robert Scott to the South Pole. Packed with historical facts but with a clear gospel message throughout. The tract also refers to the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

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Wording of Tract 

 

The terrible events of the Twentieth Century including the appalling suffering, and loss of life in two world wars has not erased from the public consciousness the memory of disasters on land and sea one hundred years ago.

The name Titanic is synonymous with tragedy, and the story of her sinking when over 1,500 souls perished in the North Atlantic on 15th April 1912 continues to fascinate. The one hundredth anniversary of that drama is being widely reported and will be marked in a number of ways.

 As Titanic neared completion at her fitting out berth in Belfast, another equally poignant drama was unfolding, although the sad outcome did not become known until the following year. The British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Robert F Scott R.N had set out in 1910 with an ambitious scientific programme and with the aim of securing the honour of being first to reach the South Pole. It was thus a crushing disappointment for Scott and his men when on 16th January 1912, only 27 miles from the Pole, they spied a black flag tied to an upright sledge runner mounted upon a cairn of snow. Amundsen and his party had beaten them! The following day they reached the Pole and on 19th January their return march northwards commenced.

 It must have been an awful experience for these men as strength though not courage ebbed. P.O. Evans died as they descended the Beardmore Glacier and on March 17th Capt. Oates walked out of the tent to his death in a gallant but futile sacrifice to save his companions. Finally on 21st March, Scott, Wilson and Bowers made their last camp with only two days food remaining. A blizzard howled around their tent as they faced certain death. One wonders what thoughts may have been theirs as they lay in their sleeping bags in the darkness, numbed by the cold, waiting for the end to come.

Centuries ago a wise woman said “For we must needs die”.1 For some death comes in dramatic or heroic circumstances, for most in ordinary ways. For some death comes swiftly and unexpectedly, for others it may be lingering, but sooner or later all must face “the last enemy”.2 “What man is he that liveth and shall not see death?”3 A wise person will prepare before “they draw near unto the gates of death”,4 for death is not annihilation. The Bible tells us “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”5 and this solemn truth should cause us to pause and consider in the busy rush of life today, what our end will be, and where we will be in Eternity.

 Of all the deaths through all of human history, the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross at Calvary is unique in every respect. Death had no power whatever over that perfect, sinless and holy man, but He laid down His life voluntarily. His death was the supreme act of obedience to God, the marvellous expression of God’s grace to mankind. Through the sufferings and death of Christ a firm and unshakeable basis has been laid for the salvation of sinners. Divine justice has been satisfied regarding the matter of sin so that God can righteously pardon the guilty sinner who repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.

The wonderful offer of forgiveness and salvation is made to all. There are no exclusions, but there are no alternatives. No person can ever be saved other than by trusting Christ. The Bible makes this clear in the words of Peter as he preached in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”.6  The death of Capt. Oates one hundred years ago was selfless but in vain. By contrast the death of Jesus Christ has achieved its purpose in the millions who have been saved simply by grace, and through faith in Him.

 As perhaps you ponder upon the deaths of the five men of Scott’s polar party in the wastes of Antarctica, or the deaths of so many men women and children in the cold waters of the North Atlantic in 1912, will you seriously consider your eternal destiny? It is so foolish to ignore this question for if you do, you will “die in your sins”.7 In contrast the Christian at the end of life “dies in faith”.8 How will life end for you?

JHB

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