The day began with morning worship lead by Bro. Anatolii Mariceanu, the Union President from Moldova, who began by thanking God for His great goodness toward us. God, in His great love, keeps our hearts beating, so that we can experience God’s wonderful love and forgiveness and praise God as Jeremiah did when he said, “Thy mercies are new every morning; Thy compassions, they fail not.” Though our first parents failed, God has made it possible for us to be redeemed and restored. Though the angels were willing to give themselves for our salvation, only Jesus’ sacrifice could make it possible for us to be saved.
Throughout history, man has misunderstood how he can be saved. Cain didn’t realize it was only a blood sacrifice that could bring him salvation. The Pharisees misunderstood and tried to earn their salvation through works. The rich young ruler was looking for salvation through works and asked Jesus how he could be saved. In Luke 11:27 a woman approached Jesus; she understood that to be a relative of Jesus would provide some extra blessing, some extra advantage. Recently the prime minister’s brother was caught speeding; because he was related to and had the same name as his brother, he was given some mercy, some advantage.
When Jesus’ mother and brothers sought Him, the people thought they would have some extra advantage because of their relation to Jesus. Jesus made it plain that family relations give no extra advantage for our salvation. But when the Pharisees brought an adulteress to Jesus to be stoned, she experienced forgiveness of her sins when the Pharisees, who were trying to earn salvation, had their sins revealed and left without salvation. When we look unto Jesus, we have equal opportunity to take hold of salvation. Acts 13:38,39 states that “Through Jesus we can have salvation.” “We are to meet Jesus every morning and give ourselves to Him.” SC 70:1
The Business of the Day
The session started again at 9:00am with a hymn and the prayers of two brethren. Br. Sureshkumar addressed the floor and in his address to the delegates made mention of the highest place on earth— the foot of the cross. He appealed to all the delegates to find this place today and surrender their life entirely to Jesus, so that He may lead the session today.
The minutes of the 1st day of September were read and accepted. Various committees separated to continue their work. All the committees worked through the entirety of the day and only came back together for the evening prayer meeting. Brethren from the local church joined them for prayer meeting, and visitors were also present. After several prayer requests were made, a few prayers were offered and Br. P. Conceição from Portugal presented a short message. He spoke on the topic of “A Person’s true Worth.” Br. Conceição talked about the experience of the disciples and the stormy sea, and about how the disciples were frightened by the storm in which they found themselves. They marveled on how it was possible that the ship was filling with water, and yet Jesus was asleep.
“And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” Matthew 8:23
“As Jesus rested by faith in the Father’s care, so we are to rest in the care of our Saviour. If the disciples had trusted in Him, they would have been kept in peace. Their fear in the time of danger revealed their unbelief. In their efforts to save themselves, they forgot Jesus; and it was only when, in despair of self-dependence, they turned to Him that He could give them help.” The Desire of Ages, 336.2
Only when the disciples realized that they would all perish did they cry out: “Lord, save us; we perish”. They did not realize that the same peace-giving Power that allowed Jesus to sleep was able to care for them and save them. As He rested in the Father’s care, so could they have rested by faith in the Father’s arms. Likewise, when we face difficulties and life gets complicated and our ship starts filling up with water, let us remember that Jesus is in the same ship. Let us surrender our life to His care by faith, and the same voice that calmed the stormy sea will calm the sea surrounding us. Let us cry out today “Lord, save us; we perish”. He will hear our fading voices, and He will be there to rescue us. We are worth much in His eyes. He died for us to save us and to give us eternal life. Are you willing to admit that your ship is in need of His help? Amen.
The Bulletin Committee,
Olivine E. Uy