We continue the amazing accounts of grace given to those condemned to death in the 1700’s.
John Wesley recorded these testimonies of men facing execution, in his own journals, giving them a wider audience than they might have otherwise had.
They had been faithfully visited by Sarah Peters. She shared the gospel with them and many were genuinely converted.
‘The next who was spoken to was Thomas Atkins, nineteen years of age.
‘When he was asked (after many other questions, in answering which he expressed the clearest and deepest conviction of all his sins, as well as that for which he was condemned) if he was afraid to die; he fixed his eyes upward, and said, in the most earnest and solemn manner, ‘I bless God, I am not afraid to die; for I have laid my soul at the feet of Jesus.’
And to the last moment of his life, he gave all reason to believe that these were not vain words.’
‘William Gardiner, from the time that he was condemned, was very ill… [Sarah Peters] visited him in his own cell, till he was able to [move about].
He was a man of exceeding few words, but of a broken and contrite spirit.
Some time after, he expressed great readiness to die, yet with the utmost diffidence of himself.
One of his expressions, to a person accompanying him to the place of execution was:
“O Sir! I have nothing to trust to but the blood of Christ! If that won’t do, I am undone forever!”‘
More next time…
(From John Wesley’s Journal, Vol 2, p.121-122, Baker Edition)
© 2010 Lex Loizides