Hezekiah sent to all Israel…that they should come to the house of the Lord to keep the passover… Then the runners when throughout all Israel and Judah with letters from the king: “Children of Israel, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel…” but they laughed at them and mocked them. 2 Chr 30:1-10
What if the President sent messengers to every town and city in America and these messengers read aloud a letter from the President that said this: “Listen all you people and return to serving the Lord, the God of our forefathers, to the God who established this great nation of the United States of America! Return to Him and He will bless us and our nation!”?
We as Christians would be overjoyed to hear such a thing, but can you imagine the response of unbelievers? They would laugh and mock, and call the president simple minded and stuck in the stone age. They would be mad that the president for suggesting such an idea, that God is our answer and that other religions or beliefs are wrong.
So what lesson can we learn from this passage of scripture? The lesson to be learned is that we need to unashamedly and unapologetically proclaim the truth in love, despite how ridiculous people think we are.
And we should also take less time trying to explain and more time proclaiming. Do you ever notice Jesus trying to explain himself to his critics? Nope. He would explain things to his disciples who were eager to learn, but not to those whose goal was to discredit Him. One of the biggest excuses that the Jews would use to not believe was that they would say that Jesus was from Nazareth and that no prophet could come from there. Did Jesus ever bother to explain and say, “Hey guys, actually I was born in Bethlehem.”? Nope. The reason He didn’t bother to explain is because these Jews didn’t care about the truth. If Jesus would have explained this, they would find another reason not to believe. Instead of spending His life answering His critics, He preached the gospel and healed the sick and the broken-hearted. He taught the love of God and the peace of the Holy Spirit. He brought the Good-news to those who were hungry and thirsty.
And many laughed and mocked, even to the point of killing Him on a cross. But the fruit of His ministry is still very evident today.
When we preach the gospel to the world, don’t try to explain. Paul said this: “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of
speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I
determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him
crucified.” 2 Co 2:1-2.
There are three tools that we need to use when preaching the gospel to the world:
1 – The testimony of Apostles (i.e. the Bible)
2 – The testimony of the Holy Spirit
3 – Your personal testimony of what God has done for you.
John 15:26-27 is the key to effective soul-winning:
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of
Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”
Notice that this verse talks about the testimony of the Apostles and of the Holy Spirit. So this means that we preach the Word in its simple form and beseech the Holy Spirit to bear witness of that truth to the sinners hearts. This is the best and only way we should preach to the world.
And yes, you will be mocked and laughed at. But so was Jesus, and so were the Apostles, and so were the prophets of old. So be of good cheer if you are being mocked for His sake, because you’ll be in good company.