Monday, November 23, 2020

Daily Devotion: How Long Since Jesus Died?

Bible Reading: John 3:1-16

Key Verse: Verse 16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Key Words: that he gave his only begotten Son

Familiarity breeds contempt!! We are so familiar with John 3:16 that we tend to ignore the great truth that Jesus came so men and women, boys and girls of every nation and nationality could be saved.

Which raises the questions...if the gospel is as valuable as we say it is, why have we failed to both give and send “into all the world?”

An aged Mohammedan woman in Bengal asked: “How long is it since Jesus died for sinful people? Look at me; I am old; I have prayed, given alms, gone to the holy shrines, become as dust from fasting, and all this is useless. Where have you been all this time?”

The same cry was echoed from the icy shores of the farthest Northwest Territory. An old Eskimo said to the Bishop of Selkirk, “You have been many moons in this land. Did you know this good news then? Since you were a boy? And your father knew? Then why did you not come sooner?”

Again, in the snowy heights of the Andes, a Peruvian asked, “How is it that during all the years of my life I have never heard that Jesus spoke those precious words?”

It was repeated in the white streets of Casablanca, North Africa. Said a Moor to a Bible seller, “Why have you not run everywhere with this Book? Why do so many of my people not know of the Jesus Whom it proclaims? Why have you hoarded it to yourselves? Shame on you!”

A missionary in Egypt was telling a woman the story of the love of Jesus, and at the close the woman said, “It is a wonderful story. Do the women in your country believe it?” “Yes!” said the missionary. After a moment’s reflection came the reply, “I don’t think they can believe it, or they would not have been so long in coming to tell us.”

Good question! The answer is two-fold: 1) a lack of people willing to go; and 2) a lack of people willing to pay the price financially for others to go!! What a shame!

What to do:

Pray for our missionaries: Frankie and Sandra Sheridan to the Chippewa Indians; and Ben and Katie Shore to Scotland.

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