Friday, April 08, 2016

Dial Daily Bread: How Jesus Won Souls

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

You would like the Holy Spirit to help you win some soul to conversion in Christ. Note how Jesus won souls: He always gave them Good News.

Take for instance, the crucified thief on the cross (Luke 23:34-43): Jesus' last chance to win somebody before He had to die! What did He tell the thief? "You will be with Me in Paradise!" simply because the ex-hate-filled man asked to be "remembered." Jesus gave the poor man Good News.

Consider also the woman taken in adultery in John 8:1-11 (don't cut the story out of your Bible!). Did He tell her, "If you will keep straight from now on, God will forgive your sins and then He will accept you"? No, He gave her Good News: "I do not condemn you! Go and sin no more." I take your condemnation upon Myself; I am paying the price for your sin; I lift from you this burden of guilt, because as the Lamb of God I bear your guilt Myself. His command to "sin no more" was more a promise than a restriction. With this message, she was able to "go and sin no more." Jesus saved her right then and there.

Cleopas and his friend on the path to Emmaus (the story begins in Luke 24:13). They were so overwhelmed with discouragement that they would have given up their faith in Jesus as "the Savior of the world" if they had not gotten help just then. With His true identity concealed, He gave them a Bible study that was full of Good News. He saved them. Go and do likewise for some soul who needs Good News.

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: February 26, 2005.
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