Tell Them About Jesus

November 9, 2014
by Joel Jongkind

One of our daughters lives in a small town in Michigan, USA, and for many years, we went there for a week in the spring and again in the fall. Every afternoon, I went for a long walk, and over the years, I got to see most of that town. On my walks, I would see two old churches: a Presbyterian and a Methodist. In front of it, the Methodist Church has one of those signs with big letters giving the name of the minister and the time of worship. It also has an eye-catching slogan. One time, it said, "Tell them about Jesus; if necessary, use words."

I thought about that when I saw it. We have different ways of telling people that we are Christians: they see us going to church; we belong to a Christian choir; we volunteer in Christian activities; we have roast beef dinners at the church; and people from the community see us working there. But if we really want to tell people about Jesus, we have to use words.

When we studied the Book of Acts at the Long Term Care Centre, we looked at the story of the treasurer of Ethiopia who had been to Jerusalem. He had visited the temple, and he had obtained a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He wanted to learn more about the God of Israel. Now, on his way home, he is sitting in his carriage reading these writings, but he does not understand what he is reading:

Acts 8:32-33 – The place in the Scripture which he read was this: "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, and who will declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth." (NKJV)

Is it any wonder that he did not understand this? And as he sat there reading this complicated passage from Isaiah 53:7-8, he saw someone walking beside his carriage, and this man asked him,

Acts 8:30b-31 – "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. (NKJV)

It was Philip, an evangelist from Caesarea, and the treasurer asked him who the prophet was talking about — himself, or some other man? "Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him." (Acts 8:35 NKJV)

I'm sure that he told him about the baby born in Bethlehem, and the child Jesus in the temple, and His baptism in the river Jordan, and the people He healed, and the parables He told. And He certainly would have told him about His arrest and crucifixion and His resurrection and how He was seen by many before His ascension into heaven. He would have told him that and much, much more. He told him about Jesus. And the treasurer believed, was baptized, and went on his way rejoicing, so the Bible says. All the beauty of the temple, the priests in their fancy robes, and the rituals he had seen had not spoken to his heart, but those plain words spoken by Philip made him say, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." (Acts 8:37 NKJV)

There are times when we need to just tell people about Jesus plain and simple. Like the sign said, tell them about Jesus, and use words.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, there are so many people who don't know about Jesus, so many people who are searching for peace in their hearts. We pray that we will have the desire and the ability to tell them about Jesus. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good reminder. Thank you!


    Thanks for a good reminder Joel.


    Thanks so much for your devotional today!! I needed the reminder. It was an encouragement!!!


    Thank you Joel.
    God Bless you and yours.


    I really love what you have said. Thank you so much for USING WORDS. Words are tools and we desperately need to learn which ones to use, when to use them, and how to handle them. Blessings on you for encouraging us in this.


    Hello Joel,
    Just wanted to thank you for the time and effort that you put into writing the PresbyCan Daily Devotionals. You submit often, and the devotionals all speak to me in one way or another bringing me into a closer relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the ministering of the Holy Spirit.


    Hello Joel.
    As you have read or heard, our nation is quickly trying to remove our Saviour Jesus and our Father God from all society if possible. But, our God is in control. And what He has proposed will take place.
    Yes, tell them about Jesus!
    (USA)


    Amen to your prayer.


    Hi Joel:
    I KNEW this was your devotional when you said something about the nursing home. As you have spoken to me before, I knew I had to read on. And I wasn’t disappointed. You sure know how to explain things in my language. I am like the people who read the bible and don’t understand what is being said. I need someone like you to explain it. Thanks for sharing your God given gift with me.


    Thank you for another great ministry. I often find your teachings really relevant and just great. If I see it is your teaching, I know it will be good. And it is. Just wanted to tell you. God bless you and keep up the great words of wisdom.

 



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