Abraham and the Lamb of God

I have recently been volunteering in the English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry at Vision Baptist Church. Having spent time in China as an ESL teacher, this ministry is a great way for me to plug in to the ministries of our church to the internationals in our community. 

Last week, a new student joined my class. He is a Turkish man that recently arrived in the U.S. for work. As I began teaching, my young son Abraham, who is just beginning to walk, walked over and grabbed my chair.

“Abraham,” I said. “Daddy can’t play with you right now. He’s busy.”

The Turkish man’s face lit up with interest. “Your son – his name is Abraham?” He proceeded to tell me how he knows the story from the Koran which tells how God told Abraham to kill his son, Ishmael. But, before Abraham killed him, the Lord provided a ram to die in place of Abraham’s son.

I immediately remembered that I had heard from some Muslim friends in China the same story. You see, while the Bible teaches that God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, the Koran says that God told him to sacrifice Ishmael. Though my new Turkish friend had the sons of Abraham confused because of his Muslim faith, he had accidentally given me the perfect illustration to share the gospel with him!

Excited, I sprang on the opportunity and proceeded to share the gospel of the Lamb of God with him and the other student in the class. I shared with them that just like God gave a ram to Abraham to take the place of Isaac, so He gave sinners His Son, Jesus Christ, to take our place and die for our sins!

Would you join me in praying for my new Turkish friend? Please pray that he would continue to come to the ESL class and that he would continue to be open to the gospel. Pray that I would have more opportunities to share and that he would trust in Jesus and be saved!

Weekly Devotion Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Paul was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why? Because it is the power of God unto salvation! If someone, Jew or Greek, but believe in Jesus Christ, God will save him!

Lord, give me boldness to proclaim the gospel of Christ. It is Your power unto salvation to all that believe. Help me faithfully preach it in all the world, trusting that You are mighty to save.

Weekly Devotion Acts 21:12, 13

“And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

A prophet came to Paul and his company to tell him that he would be bound in Jerusalem by Jews and delivered into the hands of the Gentiles. When Paul’s company hears it, they urge him not to go up to Jerusalem anymore. Paul, however, says that he is ready to die at Jerusalem for the name of Jesus.

I want to be like Paul. I want to be willing not to just be bound only, not just to face a little persecution only, but also to die for the name of the Lord Jesus. His name is worth dying for! Make me a bold witness for You, Lord!