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True Story:  Condemned Man Refuses Pardon – Dies on Gallows

In Pennsylvania in 1829, George Wilson was convicted of mail robbery and murder, and was sentenced to death.  Although pardoned by President Andrew Jackson, Wilson refused the pardon.  What were they to do with a man who refused a pardon and chose to die on the gallows instead?  

This unusual case went to the US Supreme Court for a determination.  Chief Supreme Court Justice John Marshall ruled:  "A pardon… depends upon its acceptance by the parties implicated…  if it is refused, it is no pardon.  George Wilson must hang."

A few weeks later, Wilson walked up thirteen steps.  A black hood was placed over his head and a rope around his neck.  His body fell, and Wilson was dead!  Why?  Because he refused the pardon.  True story!

My Story . . .
I’ve lied, stolen, cheated, thought hateful selfish immoral thoughts;  I’ve done what was wrong when I knew what was right, and therefore have voluntarily broken relationship with God!  I’ve “missed the target” again and again, and am a sinner in need of a Savior.  I am in need of a Divine pardon!
How about you? 
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:32)

But God loves each one of us so much that He gave His Son to die for our sins:  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Death means separation from God forever.  Eternal life comes by trusting Jesus Christ:  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)

Jesus Christ lovingly receives and welcomes all who come 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…  for, whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved (Rom. 10:9, 13)

Bad news:  "religions” are man-made attempts to “reach” a distant, un-knowable god. Good news:  Jesus Christ offers living relationship instead, where we know we’re saved by grace and declared “right” in God’s sight by faith in Jesus!  

So, how does one receive Christ?  Simply pray the following prayer from your heart:
Lord Jesus, I need You.  Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and my Lord.  Come into my heart and lead my life.  Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.  Help me to draw near to You through daily prayer and Bible reading, to become more like You, and to enjoy consistent time together with those who truly love You.  
I ask these things in Your Name Lord Jesus, Amen.

Walking with Jesus is not a “religion.”  It’s about restored relationship with God that is full of love, hope, peace, joy, liberty, certainty, and purpose! It is an exciting adventure that involves  •feeding the hungry,  •healing the sick, and  •making a significant positive difference in our world by serving others as Jesus did.
Will you receive the “Divine pardon” today?

Please let me know if you’d like me to freely send you a: 
1)  Bible,  
 short book providing evidence of Jesus’ Divinity, or
3)  short book about how to walk with Jesus

I’m glad to pray for you, or with you, or serve you any way I can.

--Your neighbor and friend,
Mark (916-716-1075) **
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Additional Resources
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Questions?   Please contact Mark Matta at or 916-716-1075.


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