In 1967 while taking a class in photography at the University of
Cincinnati, I became acquainted with a young man named Charles Murray who also was a student at the school and training for the summer Olympics of 1968 as a high diver. Charles was very patient with me as I would speak to him for hours about Jesus Christ and how He had saved me. Charles was not raised in a home that attended any kind of church, so all that I had to tell him was a fascination to him. He even began to ask questions about forgiveness of sin.
Finally the day came that I put a question to him. I asked if he
realized his own need of a Redeemer and if he was ready to trust Christ
as his own Saviour. I saw his countenance fall and the guilt in his face. But his reply was a strong "no." In the days that followed he was quiet and often I felt that he was avoiding me, until I got a phone call and it was Charles. He wanted to know where to look in the New Testament for some verses that I had given him about salvation. I gave him the reference to several passages and asked if I could meet with him. He declined my offer and thanked me for the scripture. I could tell that he was greatly troubled, but I did not know where he was or how to help him.
Because he was training for the Olympic games, Charles had special
privileges at the University pool facilities. Sometime between 10:30 and 11:00 that evening he decided to go swim and practice a few dives.
It was a clear night in October and the moon was big and bright. The
University pool was housed under a ceiling of glass panes so the moon
shone bright across the top of the wall in the pool area.
Charles climbed to the highest platform to take his first dive. At that
moment the Spirit of God began to convict him of his sins. All the
scripture he had read, all the occasions of witnessing to him about
Christ flooded his mind. He stood on the platform backwards to make his
dive, spread his arms to gather his balance, looked up to the wall and
saw his own shadow caused by the light of the moon. It was the shape of a cross. He could bear the burden of his sin no longer. His heart broke and he sat down on the platform and asked God to forgive him and save him. He trusted Jesus Christ twenty some feet in the air.
Suddenly, the lights in the pool area came on. The attendant had come in to check the pool. As Charles looked down from his platform he saw an empty pool which had been drained for repairs. He had almost plummeted to his death, but the cross had stopped him from disaster.
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but
unto us which are saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18.
Likewise, the cross can stop you from disaster. More specifically, the
Saviour, Jesus Christ - who died for your sins on the cross, was buried, and arose three
days later - can save you from the disaster of an
eternity without the shelter of His sinless blood. You don't have to face eternity alone, if you are willing to
turn from your sins and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, He can and will
If I can show you from the Bible when God wants you to get saved, would
you go to the Saviour then?
Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time;
as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted,
and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.)
2 Corinthians 6:2.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Call on Jesus today!
If you cannot claim God's promise of forgiveness
because you do not have Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please read:
Plan of Salvation
at to ask more.
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