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Faith in Jesus Christ
In Revelation 1:11, Jesus Christ said He is the beginning and the end. In Matthew 24:27 31 He said when He returns, it will look like lightning coming from the east and flashing all the way to the west. The sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and stars will fall from heaven. The powers of heaven will be shaken and Jesus will come on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
While Jesus was talking to John the Baptist's disciples, Jairus [You-aarish], a leader of the synagogue came up to Him and fell at Jesus' feet and worshipped Him. Earnestly beseeching Him, he begged, "I only have one daughter about twelve years old, and she is dying. Please come and place your hand on her and she will be healed and live." Someone from the synagogue said, "Your daughter is already dead, so why trouble the Teacher?
When Jesus heard this, He said to Jairus, "Fear not, only believe, and she will be restored to life." He got up and said, "No one come with me except Simon Peter, James and James' brother John."
As Jesus was leaving, a large crowd followed Him and pressed against Him, holding Him up and overwhelming Him. There was a hemophiliac woman in the crowd who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years. She had suffered much and had been swindled of all her earnings by doctors, but no one could heal her; instead she was worse. She heard about Jesus and she told herself, "If I can just touch His clothing, I will be healed." She squeezed her way through the dense crowd from behind Him and stretched her arm between the people and touched the fringe on the border of Jesus' clothing.
Jesus wore a prayer shawl, a tallit, as commanded in Numbers 15:37-41, The LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: It shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.
We find that many others pressed in to touch the fringe of Jesus garment:
Matthew 14:35-36 - "When the men of that place recognized Him,
they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were
sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the edge of His garment; and as
many as touched it were made perfectly well."
Mark 6:56 - "Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the edge of His robe. As many as touched Him were made well."
Immediately, this womans hemorrhage dried up and she felt warmth throughout her whole body and knew that she was healed of her disease.
Jesus instantly knew that some power had emanated from Him; so He turned around to the people pressing against Him and said, "Who touched my clothing?" Everyone denied it, and Simon Peter and those who were with Him said, "Teacher, the crowds are troubling you and pressing up against you, and yet you say, "Who touched me?"
Jesus said, "Someone has touched me, for I know that power has emanated from me." He looked around to see who had done this.
The woman was scared and trembling because she knew what had happened to her and saw that she could not deceive Jesus. Shaking, she fell down at His feet and worshipped Him; and in the presence of all the people she told Jesus why she had touched Him, and how she was healed at once.
Jesus said, "Have courage. Go in peace [Shalom], my daughter. Your faith has given you life." What person other than the Son of God could call a stranger His daughter?
When Jesus got to the house of Jairus the synagogue leader, he saw the excited crowd in a tumult, weeping and wailing and the professional lamenters singing. Jesus said, "Stop this, that's enough! Why are you excited and crying? The little girl is not dead, but she is asleep. Do not be afraid. Just believe." They all laughed at Him, since they knew she was dead; but Jesus told everyone to stay outside except Simon Peter, James and John and the girl's father and mother.
Then He took the little girl by the hand and called to her, "Talitha, koomi, [Aramaic for little girl, get up]." Within the hour her spirit returned to her and she got up and walked around and her parents were amazed. Jesus told them, "Give her something to eat; and don't tell anyone what has happened." Then the news of this miracle spread all over the country.215
As Jesus left there, he was delayed by two blind men, crying out and saying, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." Jesus continued to the house He was invited to, and the same blind men were there. They came up to Jesus, and Jesus asked, "Do you believe that I can do this?"
The blind men answered, "Yes, our Lord." Jesus touched their eyes saying, "Let that which you believe be done to you."
The two men immediately opened their eyes and Jesus told them to be sure that no one knows about it; but they went out and spread the news all over the country. [In the days of Jesus, when someone said, "Don't tell anyone", it depended on the look in their eyes, and their mouth; if the eyes were twinkling and the mouth smiling, it meant "Go tell everyone, as if it were a secret". If the eyes were stern and the mouth not smiling, it seriously meant "Don't tell anyone". It is not known today what Jesus meant in the different times that Jesus said it.]
When Jesus went out of the house, the people had a mute, demented man who was possessed by a demon that they brought to Him. Jesus touched this man and he was restored and spoke. The people were amazed and said that we have never been seen such a thing as this in Israel before. The Pharisees that were there said that He was casting out demons with the help of the prince of devils.216
In one day, Jesus healed a woman who bled for many years, brought a little girl back to life, restored sight to two blind men and healed a demented mute man, all by a touch. After Jesus was put to death, He came to life. If came back to life, He must still be alive today. If He is still alive today, most likely He hears you when you pray. If He hears you, reach out and touch Him, believing, and He will give you the things that you request according to His will. 217
8:4156; Mark 5:2243; Matthew 9:1826.
216. Matthew 9:2734.
217. 1 John 5:14, 15.
How to Tell Others about Jesus
If only we would listen to Jesus, we would bring the rest of the world to Him, and the world would live in peace and prosperity for the first time in history. Jesus did not teach us to go into the camp of the enemy, those who hate Christians and will torture and kill anyone who loves Jesus; but go to those who are seeking the answers to their problems.
After Jesus healed the demented and mute man, He traveled in all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and teaching the people about the hope of the kingdom of heaven and healed every kind of sickness and disease.218
As He looked upon the great crowds He saw, He had compassion on them because they were tired and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He told His disciples, "The harvest is great and the laborers are few; so you must urge the Owner of the harvest [God] to bring more laborers."219
Billy Graham and many others brought millions to salvation by going to where to the people were hurting and seeking answers. Emmanuel meaning God with Us who came to visit us from the spiritual realm, the Human God Jesus gave His twelve disciples power to cast out demons and to heal every kind of sickness and disease. Benny Hinn, Reinhard Bonnke and many others brought millions to salvation by first healing their diseases and then pointing them to Jesus.
Then Jesus said, "Stay away from pagan practices, and do not go into a Samaritan town."220
The Samaritans were a people of diverse faiths that Sargon, the king of Assyria, had brought with him to Israel when he settled in Samaria in 722 BC. These people accepted the five books of Moses and accepted much of the Hebrew faith, but the Jews viewed them as pagans as the Samaritans still carried on their own forms of worship and traditions. Therefore the Jews hated the Samaritans, who were tall warriors, like they hated Assyrian conquerors.221
"Above all," Jesus continued, "go to the lost sheep from the house of Israel.
Two thousand years later, we still have not finished that job. It would do no good, unless we were first empowered to heal all their diseases, which was Jesus' first prerequisite; for the Jews believe that healing comes from God through His prophets. Later, because the Jews rejected Christ, Jesus sent His followers to the Gentiles.222 There are additional instructions that Jesus gave.
"As you go," He said, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; preach and tell them that the kingdom of heaven is near. Freely you have received, so now you are to give freely.
"Do not take anything with you for your journey, not a bag or two shirts or extra shoes, or bread or gold, silver or bronze in your purses or even a jar or a staff to lean on. Do not even accumulate the money they give you, but give to it to those in need; for a laborer is at least worthy of his food."
There were no motels or hotels in those days but strangers were always invited to stay at someone's home and it was the custom that the residents freely fed them.
Jesus told them, "Whatever towns or villages you enter, ask who is worthy there, and remain in that house until you leave. When you enter their house, greet them with a salutation of prayer for peace (Shalom). If the family is worthy, peace will come to that house; but if it is not worthy, they will not be peaceful.
"Whoever does not receive you or will not listen to you or welcome you, when you leave that house and that village, shake even the dust off your feet [meaning take nothing from them] as a testimony against them. Truthfully I tell you that it will be easier in Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than it will be for that town.223
"Look now, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves; so be wise like serpents, but pure as doves. Serpents are afraid of men, for the men will take you to court and scourge you in their synagogues; but when men try to capture a dove, it flies away. The men will take you to the governors and kings because of me, as confirmation of me and as a threat to the Gentiles. When they do, do not worry about how you will speak or what you will say; for you will know what to say in that very hour; for it will not be you who speaks, but the Holy Spirit of your Father which will speak through you.
"A brother will deliver his own brother to be put to death, and a father will deliver his son. Children will betray their parents and have them put to death, thinking they are doing the world a favor. Everybody will hate you because of my name; but he who is faithful to the end shall live.
"When they reject you or persecute you in one town, flee to another; for I am telling you truthfully that you shall not finish converting all the cities of the house of Israel, until I come again. No disciple is more important than his teacher, and no servant is more important than his master. It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher and for a servant to be like his master. If then they have called the master of the house Beelzavow [Satan], how much more will they condemn those of his household?
"Do not be afraid of them; for there is nothing covered that will not be uncovered and nothing that is hidden that will not be revealed. What I tell in the dark, go and tell it in the daylight; and what you hear in your ears, go and preach it on the housetops [people congregated on house tops in those days]. Do not be afraid of those who kill your body but cannot kill your soul; rather above all, be afraid of him who can destroy both your body and your soul in hell.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny; yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge? As far as you are concerned, God even numbers all the hairs on your head; so fear not; you are much more important than many sparrows. Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before humans, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Whoever denies or blasphemes me before others, I will deny before my Father in heaven.
"Don't think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword [this is an Aramaic idiom meaning 'division'] because I have come to set a son against his father and a daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law [the son and his wife always lived with the son's parents in those days]. A man's worst enemies will be those in his own household.
"Whoever loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of the kingdom of heaven; also whoever loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
"Whoever is concerned about their life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will find it. Whoever receives you, receives me, and whoever receives me, receives the Father who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet receives a prophet's reward; and whoever receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person shall receive a righteous person's reward. Whoever gives a drink to one of these little ones who go by the name of a disciple, if only a drink of cold water, in the name of a disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward."224
When Jesus finished commanding His disciples, He left there to preach and teach in other cities and the apostles went out and traveled to many villages and towns, telling them to repent, preaching the gospel and offering them hope. They anointed many with oil who were sick and healed everywhere.225
To summarize Jesus' teaching on how to evangelize,
1. First, pray that the Father provide laborers to bring in the harvest.
2. If it is God's will that you should be an evangelist, expect Him to give you the power to heal the sick.
3. Wait for Jesus to tell you to go out and evangelize. If He does not tell you, by all means, do not go. Most likely, you are not the right person for the job. There are many other things you can do for Jesus. Wait for Him to tell you what He wants you to do for Him. It may something entirely different like baking cookies for the congregation. Let Jesus decide.
4. If He commissions you for the job, go to the sick, those who are in prison, the poor, the aged and the needy. If you correctly believe that Jesus sent you, the people will flock to you like they flocked to Billy Sunday or Billy Graham. If you are wrong, you will soon know that you are wasting your time and most probably making a bad name for Jesus.
5. Go to the Jews, if you possibly can. Pray for and heal the sick among them. Then you can tell them how their scripture has inspired you, how their scripture predicted the coming of the Messiah and how their scripture proved to you that Jesus is the Messiah. If they reject you, leave immediately before they kill you. Wipe the dirt from your feet, so to speak, not to return.
6. Do the same everywhere you are led to go, whether it is to the Jews or the Gentiles.
7. Jesus said to take nothing with you. If you are right for the job, the people will feed you. If they give you money, give it to those in need. Do not accumulate wealth, for it has been the downfall of many evangelists.
8. Finally, do not fear for your life, if they should put you in prison, torture you or kill you. They can kill you, but they cannot kill your soul. If you so much as give a drink of cold water to one of these suffering, misguided persons, you will be rewarded for it. So much more so, if you bring a lost soul to the kingdom of God.
Many great evangelists such as Pastor Richard Wurmbrand (1909 2001; (see Tortured for Christ and Victorious Faith available through Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 54, Caney, KS 67333.) were imprisoned, tortured or murdered for their faith and for their zeal to tell others about Jesus. These people have a special place in heaven for their wonderful works. In Chapter 161 of this book (Matthew 25:3145), Jesus tells us how to please Him and God immensely, as you bring many others to Christ in a way that you will not be imprisoned, tortured or murdered as were many of our great evangelists.218. Mark 6:6(b); Matthew 9:35.
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