Epic Story: I Thought I Was Okay Without Jesus ...

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Swaziland is home to four powerful TWR transmitters which broadcast our programmes into Southern Africa. It is also home to a vibrant and exciting FM Network called Voice of the Church which is reaching into remote villages and homes throughout the country. Recently, we received a letter from a Voice of the Church listener in Swaziland.

Before we get to his letter, consider this: 2 millennia ago Jesus asked his disciples two questions (cf. Matt. 16:13-16). The first question was, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" After they told Jesus everyone else's opinions, Jesus asked, "But who do you say I am?" Then Peter responds with a truly astounding answer, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." You see, it doesn't matter if you believe what others say about Jesus, it matters whether you believe what God says about Him in His Word.

This Swazliland listener was finally confronted with Jesus' question and God's revelation and realised that what he thought was true, wasn't. Here's what he had to say:

"God is so great! I am a young man who grew up in a non-Christian family. My family was deeply involved in another religion. We never went to church. My father was a traditional man and he would never allow us to attend church services. He always did his best to protect us as his children. We were well taken care of. That made me think I'm okay without Jesus, because I didn't have time to do wrong things. But last month when I tuned in to your programme, you made it very clear that apart from Jesus Christ we are not worthy of God's kingdom. When you invited people to give their lives to the Lord, I was one of those.

"Now I listen to your programme every weekend and I am growing in the Lord. If you have books which can help me in my faith, please send me some. I want to know more and more about Jesus."

Jesus said, " ... I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." Let us join with heaven in celebration over this repentant sinner in Swaziland who is hungry for the righteousness of God.

Published: 27 September 2010