WHAT I SAW ONE DAY
I can tell you what I saw one day, and I shall never forget the sight throughout eternity. I saw a sinner whom I know right well – and I can say no good of him, but much, very much which is evil, without at all slandering him. He had been proud and haughty in his opinion of himself. But there shone a light into his soul which unveiled to him his deep corruption and depravity.
The sin that mixed with all his best things and the still more dreadful sin that fermented in his worst things. I saw the sinner – for I know him well – self-condemned; he wrote his own sentence, and he handed it to the Judge. He said that he deserved to be cast away for ever from the presence of God and the glory of His power; and as he passed up his own death-warrant, he dropped a tear upon it, and he said, “I now trust myself to the sovereign mercy of God in Jesus Christ”. I remember it well, and I saw that self-condemned sinner pardoned in a moment. The Lord said to him, “Thy sins, which are many, are all forgiven”, and his face changed from gloom into shining light and joy, and he has never lost the impression of that blessed day… C.H.Spurgeon
This was the first in a series of jottings found amongst Kenneth Howard’s writings to which he has put his own seal dated 5.5.88 and 5.9.88.