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The Night Is Near

“I must work the work of Him that sent me while it is day, the night cometh when no one can work” John 9:4

This is a strident call to the christian duty of soul winning and a stern warning of the consequences of delay. In it, we find a piecing sermon that the coming of the Lord is at hand, and the end is near when the curtain shall be drawn.

The disciples had been deeply touched by the pitiable pathetic plight of the man who was born blind from his mother’s womb. They said “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind? – John 9:2. To this, Jesus responded emphatically ” neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life – John 9:3. Here,  Jesus gave the disciples what should be a correct reading and understanding of the times.

Apparently, the disciples had failed to see beyond the physical. The Lord Jesus went further in verse 4, our theme text, to impress on them that the problem should be seen as an opportunity to win souls and that the right response should be eagerness to evangelise. A song writer puts it this way:  “Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying. Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; Weep over the erring one. Lift up the fallen.Tell them of Jesus, the Mighty to save”

Today, most believers are still seeing the way the Apostles saw in this story. They are busy lamenting and asking desperate questions about the increasing intensity of violence, cannibalism, false prophesies, diseases, famine, coldness of faith and other signs of the end time listed in Mathew chapter 24. They are failing to do the needful which Christ did to take advantage of the situation to win souls. The blind man’s case is like the case of Lazarus in John 11 which won several souls and tremendous respect for Christ Jesus and His gospel.

The current world wide crisis is providential. It is in fulfilment of the last sign prophesied in Mathew 24:14 “and this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come ” This, the Bible in Mathew 24:33 says should prepare us for the end. The problems are a divine arrangement to open a window of opportunity for the entrance and the spread of the gospel in otherwise stone walled Islamic enclaves with iron cast resistance.

The appropriate response of believers to this situation is to strategies to reap the harvest that is now so ripe before it rots away as the night is near.  There is no better time to preach the gospel than now. The Holy Spirit is blatantly exposing the deception and wickedness of the satanic religions. The veils are broken and the smokescreens are shattered. Everyone can easily see the difference and choose between the shepherd that died for its Sheep and the one that is consuming and maiming its own.  Unbelievers are a people in great distress now. They are drowning and will eagerly rush to hold on to the anchor of Christ if we introduce Him to them.

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