As we stand in the street and watch the person who has nowhere to live or the one who is drunk or the person whose lifestyle is not what it should be, do we ever wonder what happened? What happened between their birth and now? We are born into the world with such promise, parents wonder if they have a doctor or a lawyer on their hands. Ten or fifteen or even twenty years later, the picture of their child could be quite different and it’s not always good.
Yes we start with such hope and in some cases it all goes wrong, why? The answer to this question is different and varied with no one answer but for many they have lost hope in people and in life. As we stand on the street corner preaching the Gospel, we can see many people taking the messages we give about the Lord and reading them and others refusing them. However, like in the Bible there were many who rejected the message they were hearing, a message from the Lord. [1 Samuel 8:7] But one thing we do know, a seed is planted [1 Corinthians 3:7] like that within the Centurion who helped crucify the Lord, when he said; “Surely this was the Son of God”. [Mark 15:39]
So when that person walks on by, they have still heard the message and we have to leave it to God for the result that could happen within that person. [Job 33:4] We call out ‘Yeshua loves you’ but there is one crying out even louder and that is the Lord. [John 6:51] He said, “Go into the world”, [Matthew 28:18-19] not the church building and hope the people will come. I have preached to more people who don’t know Yeshua, in the last two weeks in the street, than probably all the years of speaking in New Zealand churches. When we tell a person that God loves them and that Jesus died for their sins, some look and smile others frown and others just walk on by. But try we must because there is a scripture that tells the story of the servant being sent out to tell the people to come, as the wedding is ready. But those who had been invited refused to come, so the servant was told to go and speak to all he could find and ask them to come. [Matthew 22:1-10]
I ask the question, is this the case of the church not listening so we are told to go into the streets? This is the first time I have ever done speaking in the streets of our country and I can say there is really no fear when you are in the Lord as to what people might say or do. [Matthew 28:20]
When John the Baptist said- “Behold the Lamb of God”, [John 1:29] he was not in a building but in the street so to speak. And I say, Behold the Lamb of God is returning, returning to take up His throne and to be proclaimed once more King of the Jews. [Luke 23:3] Yeshua was born into the world but was not of this world [John 8:23] as we may be in the world but when we accept Yeshua we too are not of this world but of the world to come. [John 15:19]
People are hurting, people are crying out for an answer but the world has removed the answer, the very answer to the question, which is Yeshua. The very answer the people are looking for is under ever increasing attack. It is against the law of the land to talk about Yeshua in our work places in case it might offend someone. Even in some churches it is said the name of Yeshua/Jesus can't be used for the same reason. Ladies and gentlemen it is time to start offending people for if we do not tell them who will and if they do not ever hear the message then how can they ever be saved? [Romans 10:14]
All people are born with a future that can soon be torn from their grasp by the world and all of its rules to stop people hearing the Gospel. But the world can make all the rules it wants to stop the spread of the Gospel, but it can never make rules that will take the love of God out of a person’s heart. [Jeremiah 24:7]
People are struggling in life, in and outside the church because the message of salvation has been blurred by the society we live in. [Psalm 54:3] God is love and therefore not all powerful, was a statement made nearly two thousand years ago and is being repeated in some churches today. It is because He is love that He is so powerful, because His love is true to its source and that is He must be true to Himself first and foremost. He laid down the rules for society clear and plain, [Exodus 20:1-17] it is not God who broke them it is we who broke them. So those who accept the message must be honoured under those rules and be saved, end of story.
We start the journey of life, some get dealt good hands others not so good. [Matthew 25:14-18] But whatever life hands out Yeshua is there to help, it is up to us to either accept the message of hope or reject it. We can walk through life as the world wants us to or as God wants us to. [Matthew 9:9]
God’s Word may be under attack but that is no reason for us to stop speaking it. Dozens of people may walk past as we speak the Good News in the street and only a few respond. But is that any reason to stop telling people the Good News? [Acts 17:32] On the day of Pentecost we rejoice of the three thousand who were saved on that day, [Acts 2:41] and so we should. However of the over two million people present at that time, people from all over the known world, it was but a very small number who responded. Nevertheless for every single person who repents there is rejoicing in Heaven. [Luke 15:7] We have no need to fear the road ahead with Yeshua leading the way; we started life with such promise and that promise can be fulfilled. Fulfilled in knowing our salvation is secure because of what Yeshua did on the cross for each and every one of us. Amen.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. [Romans 5:6-11]