Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In Praise of Street Preachers - May 11, 2011

1 Peter 1:10-12 (New International Version)

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.

12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

1 Peter 1:10-12 (New Living Translation)
10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward.

12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.

I really have to hand it to street preachers. I believe that they are truly courageous and blessed by God. What they do is something that I surely would have a hard time doing. Imagine what it takes to stand on the street and preach the word of God to all passersby. Often they are ridiculed and have to withstand alot of abuse for presenting the message of Jesus Christ, yet day after day they return to the streets, taking Jesus literally when He commanded us to,“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation"(Mark 16:15b). In some states and cities, it is even becoming illegal for them to preach their message. Could you imagine yourslef sharing your faith in such a manner?

The Apostle Peter made a great point when he was talking about the prophets of ancient times speaking in advance about the coming Messiah, the coming of Jesus Christ. At the time they didn't know why they were saying what they were; they only knew that God had them doing it for those who would have faith in their message in the future. Paul goes on to say that even the angels wish they could have looked into these things. But in those days the prophets gave the message of God no matter what; many were imprisoned, ridiculed and even killed, all for the benefit of the people.

Today's street preachers are our "prophets" for today, except their message is not one of prophecy, but it is one of factual truth. We know how it is all going to be for those who are and are not in Jesus Christ. They are just trying to make sure that as many hear the Gospel message as is possible. They are true servants of God, and we need to do all we can to encourage their spirit and support them. The next time you come across someone sharing their faith in Jesus in public, tell them that you appreciate all that they do. Pray for them and do all you can to support their message, and their freedom to say it.

Photo "David the Street Preacher" from jchalmersblogspot, 8-10-2010 posting

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