Wednesday, March 28, 2012
When God is evident in our lives, we want to share that good news. We’re not the first.
I don’t know what the diagnosis would be today, but the Bible tells us a young man was possessed. Jesus sent the demons away. As Jesus was entering a ship to leave, the young man asked Jesus to let him come, too. Jesus gave him a different task
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. (Mark 5:19-20 KJV)
In another instance, followers of John the Baptist came to Jesus wanting to know if He was the Messiah, or should they look for another. Think about that for a moment – they were still following John, not Jesus. John sent these two men to ask “Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?” This is the same John who shouted aloud:
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29 KJV)
Not once, but twice! (John 1:36) Jesus didn’t berate John for his moment of questioning. Jesus didn’t scold him for a lack of faith. Instead, He used a line of reasons we do today:
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. (Luke 7:22 KJV)
What you see is what you get. The blind see. The lame walk. The lepers are cleansed. The deaf hear. The dead are raised. Then comes what is perhaps the biggest miracle of all – the gospel is preached, to the poor.
Why is it important that the poor hear the gospel? Because it is for all mankind. Not the religious, not the priestly, not the rich, not the powerful – who in line early in the game. But the poor are the last in line, the last to hear, the least in importance and often overlooked. Still even today.
We have seen God at work in our own lives. Did we go and tell?
We have seen God at work in other lives. Did we go and tell?