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Tract to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of David Livingstone

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Some interesting reminiscences have been preserved of David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer, the bicentenary of whose birth will fall on 13th March 2013. One such was recorded by a Rev. Isaac Taylor who, as a boy, met Livingstone while he was preparing for missionary service. He recollects “I might sum up my impression of him in two words - Simplicity and Resolution. Now, after nearly forty years, I remember his step, the characteristic forward tread, firm, simple, resolute, neither fast nor slow, no hurry and no dawdle, but which evidently meant - getting there”. 

David Livingstone clearly possessed the necessary attributes of an explorer; the staying power needed on long journeys through difficult terrain in tough, even hostile conditions, determination to overcome apparently insuperable obstacles. His success in opening so much of the interior of Central Africa is ample proof of his calm resolve. 

The greatest of all journeys, was undertaken by Livingstone’s Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Non other could have embarked on such a journey, leaving heaven and coming to earth, to be born at Bethlehem, to grow up in Nazareth, to preach and teach in Galilee and Judea, and at last beyond the city wall of old Jerusalem to die upon a cross. And that was not the end of His journey for He rose from the dead leaving behind Him an empty tomb, and not only so but He ascended to heaven1 where He is now at the right hand of God, the journey complete! 

Now this tremendous journey was not taken upon a whim but rather to accomplish God’s eternal plan of salvation. The Bible tells us the purpose for which God sent His Son. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved”2. Again “The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world”3. And He who was sent, was so willing to come. “Lo I come to do thy will, O God”4. Paul the apostle evidently believed and enjoyed these truths. Consider what he writes “This a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief”5. While the purpose of His coming has been accomplished it will only be effective for those who believe. Belief is essential to salvation. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved”6. 

Finally dear reader you too are on a journey that began in time and on earth, but will end in eternity, either in heaven or in hell. Many will mock and deny that heaven and hell exist. It is claimed by many that death is a final end for us all, but the Bible says “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”7. These are serious and solemn matters since man is morally accountable to God, making these issues of vital importance, for your eternal destiny is at stake.

One day Jesus said to men who scorned and rejected Him “I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go ye cannot come”8. He was going to the Father’s house - to heaven - barred to them because they would, in consequence of their refusal to believe on Him, die in their sins. To the disciples who had believed on Him He said “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”9. Then He told Thomas the way to heaven “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”10. 

Yes you are on a journey. The question is: where will your journey end? Will it end in heaven, or in hell? Take the right way and have the assurance that your journey will end in heaven. 

1Acts 2:33,34 2John 3:17 31 John 4:14 4Hebrews 10:7 51 Timothy 1:15 6Acts 16:31 7Hebrews 9:27 8John 8:21 9John 14:3 10John 14:6

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