May 15 Devotion

Heart Medicine
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” JOHN 3:16
One time I was preaching in Africa to a small group of tribal people. I had been told that they had heard very little about the gospel, and I wanted to bring a basic, straightforward gospel message they could understand. So I preached on John 3:16 as simply as I knew how. Trying to explain John 3:16, I used every illustration I could think of that would help make the message clear. Afterward—by the work of the Spirit—several people indicated that they wanted to receive Christ. The next Sunday I was to preach at the parish church of Great St. Mary’s at Cambridge University in England, and I thought, “I’m going to try something. I am going to preach the same simple sermon at Cambridge that I preached to the people in Africa.” And I did. That Sunday many students in the congregation came to know Christ as Lord and Savior. Human hearts are the same the world over—in rebellion against God, suffering from the disease of sin, and dying…until they discover the simple (and yet profound) truth of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ.