Greetings In The Name of the Lord:
John 4:39-42 (NLT)
39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman, famous evangelist, said that the New Testament records tell of forty people, each suffering from the same disease, who were healed by Jesus. Of this number, friends either brought thirty-four to Jesus, or He was taken to them. In only six cases out of forty did the sufferers find the way to Jesus without assistance. Of the vast number of people who find their way to Jesus today, most of them reach Him because the friends of Jesus are concerned about the welfare of their souls. Recently I was having a conversation with another Pastor friend and I expressed to him how much I appreciated the early Assembly of God pioneers because their passion for evangelism was fueled by their belief in imminence of the Second Coming of Christ. They believed that Jesus was coming at any time and so they had to reach as many people with the Gospel as they possibly could before the Lord’s coming. Shouldn’t our passion for reaching the lost be just as passionate? Don’t we believe that Jesus is coming soon, and that he will come like a thief in the night? Let’s recapture that passion for evangelism and the urgency of Christ’s coming.