صيادي الناس
Message from the Monthly Flyer from March 2006

Follow me!

Children sometimes follow a friendly looking stranger asking curious questions.  “What’s your name?  Where are you going?  What do you have in that package?”  We teach the children not to follow strangers.  They may be led into trouble.

Let us talk for a moment about someone who is passing your way right now.  He may be a stranger to you, but He has friends all over the world who know and trust Him.  He is the Lord Jesus Christ.  As Jesus Christ passes by each person He extends an invitation to “Follow Me.”

Let us be children again and ask a few questions of the One who invites us to follow Him.

Jesus stopped by a well of water and spoke to a woman who drew water for Him to drink.  She spoke of her hope in the Messiah, the expected king and deliverer of the Jews, who was to come.  She called Him the Christ, or the anointed one.  She said, “…when he is come, he will tell us all things.”  Jesus then told her who He was, “I that speak unto thee am he,” John 4:25, 26.  Jesus claimed, without reservation, to be the Son of God.  He told His disciples, “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:  again, I leave the world, and go to the Father,” John 16:28.  These are the words Jesus spoke of Himself, but there are other witnesses. 

Before His birth, an angel appeared to His mother and told her, “…that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God,” Luke 1:35.  Angels announced His birth to humble shepherds with these words, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord,” Luke 2:10, 11.  On two other occasions, at His baptism and at the time He was transfigured, a voice spoke from heaven saying, “This is my Son.”  Because of the miracles He has brought into the lives of men and women down through the ages, people all over the world recognize Him and worship Him, Jesus Christ the Son of God.

When we recognize who He is we might well ask…

Jesus answered that question in His own hometown.  He read to them the words of the prophet Isaiah.  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister…And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears,”  Luke 4:18-21.

How wonderful that He came!  How much we needed Him, but if we are to accept His invitation “Follow Me” we should ask…

Jesus answered this question for His disciples.  “Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,”  John 14:1-3.

A wise child might ask…

Jesus told of God’s great plan when He said, “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,”  John 3:16.

He invites us to follow Him because He loves us and wants to save us from the destruction sin has brought to the world.  As we understand His love and plan for us we will gladly follow Him.  The only question that must now be answered is… 

Jesus would answer, “Right now.”  When we hear His invitation to “Follow Me” we must respond.  “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts…”

Jesus is passing your way this moment. Do not wait; follow Him!

صيادي الناس

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