“Come unto me all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you will find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. Matthew 11: 28-30
Last night we witnessed a man take Jesus at His word. The theme of the presentation was the Lamb’s Blood. It’s a powerful presentation that walks through the fall of man and God’s amazing rescue plan to redeem His human family. At the completion of the meeting we invited people to come forward to accept Christ’s free gift of salvation and receive victory over any issues that they were facing. After praying with those who came forward, a local pastor excitably came to us to share the story of one of the men who responded to the message.
The man had been raised with Islamic influences but had failed to find any real hope or meaning in that system. He had resorted to drug abuse and given up on life. Last night he was walking past the tent that we have been holding our meetings in. Filled with a heavy heart and an overwhelming sense of worthlessness he was on his way to commit suicide. In his pocket he had the poison that would end his world of suffering and pain. But God had other plans.
The man stood at the back of the tent and heard verses such as “the Son of Man came…to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt 20:28). He heard that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). He heard that all those who “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved” (Acts 16:31). He heard that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). He heard Jesus speak to his soul with the words “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).
Friends God is alive and well today. He is in the business of saving people from death and that which causes death; sin. The pastors had the privilege of praying for that man whose new life began last night. He decided to believe in the One who took His place so that He might live. He realized that it was nothing other that the precious blood of God that paid for his freedom from sin. For that man the words of Paul have become a reality; “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor 5:17).
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