We have seen in the Scriptures how God uses many different things, circumstances and even the unbeliever to work out His plan. I mean, He used a donkey to speak to Baalim. I am glad that it has not been recorded in Scripture some of my less than positive moments in life.
God even used an heathen king to bring about His plan. It all started when Herod received word of a King to be born in Bethlehem. Look at Matthew 2:3, “When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” This word “troubled” means to stir or agitate. Herod was an unhappy camper. He was the sitting king of that day and he would have nobody else dethrone him if at all possible. I don’t know too many rulers that want to be dethroned. It usually means death to the sitting king.
In this instance it would have meant death too. Think about it. Lets go a little deep here. If Herod came face to face with King Jesus then Herod would have to die. He would have to be just like you and I. He must die to self. He must crucify the old man. Even worse, he would have to bow the knee to Jesus and he was not willing to do that. This prideful dictator would bow to nobody.
Okay; friend, it is your turn. Will you humbly bow before Jesus and confess you are a sinner and you need a Saviour? It is up to you. The truth is that you can bow before King Jesus today and trust Him as your Saviour or you can bow before Him as your Judge. The choice is yours to make.
Well, here I sit once again with tears running. As you can see from the title today I will be trying to memorialize one of God’s dear saints. Almost twenty years ago I had the privilege of becoming a reserve police officer in our little burg. It paid nothing; but, your training and uniforms were free.
During my time as a reserve deputy town marshall I met so many different people. One of those people was David Spannuth. David is a stellar Christian man and his sweet wife Connie is a stellar Christian woman. I remember how excited David told me that he was when he found out that another Christian brother was coming on board the police department. We enjoyed many hours of sweet fellowship. I would come out and ride along with him (even though I was not allowed to do so) and we would talk about the LORD. Such sweet fellowship.
Yesterday, we received word that David Spannuth had gone to be with our LORD. I managed to hold back all the emotions until this writing. Now the tears fall for those who know and love David. There is now a part of them that has departed. Oh, we would not wish David back to this vale of tears and pain. There is one thing for sure. One day I will see my friend David Spannuth again. I believe that it will not be long until that meeting will be taking place.
Let me ask you my reader. Are you really prepared for Heaven? Was there a day in your life when you realized and acknowledged that you are a sinner? After you realized this did you cry out to Jesus to forgive you of your sin and ask Him to save you?
If you have never done that would you please contact me and let me take the Bible and show you how to be born-again so that you too can spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, David Spannuth and me.
When someone comes in contact with Jesus they are at a place where a decision has to be made. In the account of what we call “the rich young ruler” we see this. Here is a young man that the Word of God tells us “for he had great possessions”. Someone once said, “It is not a sin to have possessions. It is a sin for possessions to have you.” There is wisdom for all ages in that truth.
Jesus lovingly confronts this man where he lives so to speak. Jesus knows all about him and knows he has “great possessions”. He also knows that these possessions had this young man. So, in love for this young ruler, Jesus confronts him where he needs to be confronted.
Now, this young man had a choice. He could continue to trust in his possessions and his good works or he could put his full faith and trust in Jesus. The results are seen in Matthew 19:22, “But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” Here was a “rich young ruler” that was possessed by his possessions. He had the opportunity to be possessed by Jesus Christ; but, passed up the greatest opportunity of his life.
What is the first thing you do when you find a stray dog or cat in your yard? Some of you my readers would take it in as your own. Those of us on the other side of the fence normally yell in an authoritative tone, “Go home!” We do this because we want this stray animal to do just that, go home. It is not that we don’t love it. It is not that we are trying to be mean. We just want it to leave and go to it’s own home.
Jesus had an experience with a man in the New Testament that might seem strange. Look at Mark 5:19-20, “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. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”
This man was possessed by demons. Not just a couple either. His name is “Legion”. The Bible tells us that is because the demons were “many” or abundant. After Jesus cast out the demons this man was obviously thankful and wanted to follow Jesus; but, he was told “go home to thy friends”. Jesus had disciples traveling with him. He gave this man a ministry to go back to his friends and share the truth with them of what had happened.
The Bible tells us that he left and “began to publish…”. My friend; we, just like this man have been sent to our “friends” to tell them about Jesus. In this dark day we need to let our light shine brightly. Time is short and we must share the gospel with others.