A Saved Sinner
The conversion of a person to Christ is one of the most miraculous things that takes place in the life of a person. God takes a sinner and makes him saved. God takes the blind man and helps him to see. God takes the person that has no hope, and gives them a hope and a future. That which was once lost becomes found. That which was once in bondage finds freedom in Christ. Jeffrey Dahmer was a convicted murderer and cannibal who cooked and ate his victims. You don’t really get much more heinous than that. He was awarded 16 life sentences. While in prison, Dahmer met with Roy Ratcliff, a minister with the Church of Christ in Madison, Wisconsin, and turned his life over to Jesus Christ. He was baptized in prison, knowing that he would never leave prison alive. He had nothing to gain in this life, but everything to hope for in the next. Some may scoff at jailhouse conversions, but within months of Dahmer’s baptism, people noticed a Christian spirit in him. His father and pen pals noticed the difference, and his father, who had left the church, has since been restored as a faithful member. Even Dahmer’s younger brother had a conversion experience of his own. Dahmer was eventually killed in prison by a fellow inmate a few months after his baptism. Some think he shouldn’t have been given another chance. He didn’t deserve it. And that’s true. He didn’t deserve another chance. But neither do we right? We may have not murdered someone physically but we murder people with our hearts all the time. We may have not cheated on our spouses physically but we have lusted in our hearts. We have lied, cheated, and have worshiped money and ourselves. We desperately need forgiveness and a Savior. Titus 3:5 tells us, "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit." Jesus is in the business of saving people. And no one is beyond the reach of God!