Why Should We Tell About Jesus?
"And Jesus came and said to them, . . . Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."—Matt. 28:18-19
From the day Jesus rose from the dead almost two thousand years ago, his followers have all done this: They have gone about telling others about him.
Imagine this impossible situation: Upon seeing the empty tomb that first bright Easter day, the two Marys and the disciples who were there kept completely silent. Nobody would ever have known!
But the angel guarding the tomb said, "Go tell others." And they did. They ran to tell the glad news that Jesus, their Master, was risen. At first even the apostles didn't believe, thinking it an idle tale. But this truth, like all others, proved itself. And ever since, men and women all over the globe have been telling about Jesus. The story will never stop.
In songs we call hymns, in the Bible, in sermons, in Sunday schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, and in a thousand other ways the story of Jesus is repeated.
And like the apostles, many do not believe at first. Some never do.
Strangely enough, thousands have volunteered to leave their native countries and journey to distant, dangerous places to tell savage tribes of God's great love for them as revealed through Christ. David Livingstone did just this. He educated himself to become a missionary to China on the other side of the earth. When a war prevented this, he chose to go to Africa. He finally died in the jungles after years of witnessing for Christ. Why did he do this? Because Jesus meant so much to him, he simply had to tell those who had never heard. Nobody made him go. He wanted to.
When we like something, we tell others, don't we? A new car, a thrilling television program, a new family in the neighborhood, a big new fire engine, or a basketball game in which the home team wins by one point in the last ten seconds—we quickly tell about these.
But all these are nothing in importance compared to Jesus Christ. Yet how few of us ever mention him to another person? Have you ever invited a boy or girl to attend Sunday school and church with you? You could do them no greater favor.
Imagine this situation: Suppose it were suddenly against the law to mention Jesus' name or what he did or who he was. No Sunday school next Sunday. No singing in church. No sermon by the minister. No television programs or movies about Christ. And suppose we all obeyed this foolish law. How quickly we would miss the message of Jesus!
Naturally this law is impossible. But many good Americans act as if it did exist. They never tell of Christ, and they never listen to anybody else tell of him. And their lives are poorer for it.
To Jesus Christ we owe so much. As wicked as the world is today, it would be far worse had Christ not come. He is the hope of the world. And the more people who hear of him and accept him as their Savior, the better the world will be.
Our church's missionary program, with its ministers, and nurses, and doctors, and agricultural experts, and all the others who give their lives to tell of Christ in the far corners of the earth, needs our money and our prayers.
And if we can't be a missionary in a foreign nation, Jesus expects us to tell of him right here. Some will listen. Some will not. And if we tell of him, Christ will reward us.