Let Me Tell You About Jesus (Mark 5:17-20)
Mark 5:17-20, “And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”
If I were to take the time to share with you all the times I have had to tell others about Jesus it would take all day. Although I cannot know how many parts this series of the devotion will cover, each day, I will attempt to write more about the encounters I have had to share my faith in Christ with others. The Lord has been so good to me and has allowed me countless of opportunities to share with others of His goodness and grace. Today, I would like share with you this encounter…
I ministered on the streets of downtown Memphis for 13 years. It was during this same time when I pastored in north Mississippi. On Friday and Saturday evenings I would fill my backpack full of Gospel tracts and New Testaments and set off for downtown. I would spend many hours there handing out the Gospel tracts and New Testaments until the backpack was empty. I would walk through the parks, the shelter’s, historic Beale Street and many other areas.
There are a few times a year when downtown Memphis hosts a large crowd. One is Elvis week and the other is Memphis in May International Festival celebration. It typically hosts over 100,000 people during the weekend. These two festivities bring crowds of people, not just from all over these United States, but also from all over the world. Talk about world-wide missions’ endeavors. Jesus has commanded us to tell others about Him. This event gave me the opportunity to reach the world with the Gospel of Christ. Imagine, people from different parts of the world coming into your own backyard and all you have to do is get up and go tell them about Jesus. Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
I received a call one day in my church office. My phones’ caller ID verified this call was an incoming call from British Columbia, Canada. It was not to my surprise when the caller on the other end asked to speak to me. What had surprised me was why he was calling. He had explained to me that our paths had crossed several weeks before on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Furthermore, he went on to say that he did not remember me at all, but it’s what I had told him that he had held to. He went on to tell me that I didn’t say much to Him other than I told him “Jesus loves Him and that He died for Him. I told him to not throw it away but to keep it and to put it in his pocket, and later, when you have a chance to read it.” He went on to tell me that he was giving me a call to tell me about a decision he had made the next day. He told me that he had read the Gospel tract that I had handed him the following day and he had trusted Christ as his Saviour. We continued to converse for the next half an hour. I as able to share Scriptures with him regarding spiritual growth and what he can do to share his faith in Christ with others.
You never know when the opportunity to tell others about Jesus will occur. John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John the Baptist saw Jesus and spoke up right away, telling others that Christ was the solution to the world’s sin problem. He was the One who would be the sacrifice, the Lamb of God, for mankind’s sins. That is our message to this lost and dying world. That is our blessing and responsibility to tell others and point them to Christ.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for bringing me to a saving faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. That is the best thing that has ever happened in my life. Forgive me for not sharing this Good News with others on a regular basis. Bring people into my life that I can tell about Your amazing love. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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