I accompanied a group sponsoring a Christmas party at a homeless shelter for women. I was invited to bring my guitar and lead in the Christmas Caroling. I concluded the caroling with a poem: ‘Twas The Night Before Jesus Came’ written by Ann Marie Forest.
‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care in hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed. Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head. And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter. I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear but angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray, I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!
The light of His face made me cover my head. It was Jesus returning just as He said! And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; when He said “it’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love, He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound. While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight. Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear: The coming of Jesus is drawing near. There’s only one life and when comes the last call, we’ll find that the Bible was true after all! + + +
There was silence in the room when I finished reading. I said, “If the Lord Jesus were to come today, would you be ready? Perhaps some of you are ready. Yet there may be others who aren’t sure and today you want to make sure that you are saved and belong to the family of God. So, I’m going to pray a prayer and give you an opportunity to have all your sins forgiven and get right with God. If you wish, you may repeat after me as I pray. Let’s have every head bowed and every eye closed.”
As I began to pray, the room filled with loud voices repeating my words: “Dear God in heaven, I’ve done some wrong things. I admit I’m a sinner and I don’t deserve Your love. Thank You for loving me anyway. Thank You for going to the cross to pay for my sins. Please forgive me for all my sins. I desire to turn away from my sins and follow You. But I cannot do it on my own. Please send Your Holy Spirit to live in me and make me into the person You want me to be. I am surrendering my life to your control today. I receive Your forgiveness for my sins and I thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to live in me forever. I thank You in advance, for what You are going to do in my life. I pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.”
There followed tears of joy in that room. Women came up to receive little booklets to help them grow in their new faith. Tonight will be a Bible study some of them will attend for the first time. Please join me in praying for these precious women who want to turn their lives around.
- This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8
- Learn how you can lead another to Christ: https://www.cru.org/train-and-grow/transferable-concepts/introduce-others-to-christ.html
- MY TEMPORARY HOME – Lyrics by Lesley Butler; music by Kathleen
This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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