John Wesley story of the thief and robber who repented of his sins, after robbing him
John Wesley was the father of the Methodist denomination. He traveled great distances to preach God’s words. One night near London, a robber jumped in front of him, grabbed the horse’s bridle, and shouted, “Halt! Your money or your life!”
Check my saddlebag if you want more!
Wesley was not a rich man, but he had a few coins, which he handed to the thief. Then, he asked the robber to check his saddlebags if he wanted more. However, he found only books and the Bible. Disappointed, the robber left for the measly coins.
As he left, Wesley said, “Stop! I have something more to give you… My friend, you may live to regret this sort of life. If you ever do, I beseech you to remember this: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.’”
The robber left as if Wesley’s words were burning coal he wouldn’t dare touch.
The wealthy man from London
Years later, Wesley spoke in a Sunday service. A stranger stepped forward and wanted to talk to him. He was a wealthy tradesman in London.
With reverence, the man took Wesley’s hand, kissed it, and said, “To you, dear sir, I owe it all.” Wesley immediately recalled the man and said, “No, my friend, not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ which cleanses us from all sin.”
The precious blood of Christ which cleanses us from all sin.
It is amazing how God can use circumstances, and even our own mistakes, to bring us to repentance and save us from condemnation.