He Is Calling Men
While D. L. Moody was attending a convention in Indianapolis on mass evangelism, he asked his song leader Ira Snaky to meet him at 6 o'clock one evening at a certain street corner.
When Sankey arrived, Mr. Moody asked him to stand on a box and sing. Once a crowd had gathered, Moody spoke briefly and then invited the people to follow him to the nearby convention hall. Soon the auditorium was filled with spiritually hungry people, and the great evangelist preached the gospel to them.
Then the convention delegates began to arrive. Moody stopped preaching and said, "Now we must close, as the brethren of the convention wish to come and discuss the topic, 'How to reach the masses.'"
Moody graphically illustrated the difference between talking about doing something and going out and doing it. And friend that is the message I want to share with you this morning in He is calling men.
"And Jesus withdrew to the sea with His disciples; and a great multitude from Galilee followed; and also from Judea, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and beyond the Jordan, and the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude heard of all that He was doing and came to Him. (Vv. 7-8)
The news was spreading like a wild fire in California. Jesus was touching people and they were being healed of their sickness. He was casting out demons. Mighty miracles were being performed for the first time in many, many years of Israel's history. And people were finding relief from their problems.
So large numbers of people crowded around the Lord. Our text tells us that they were great multitudes. They had heard that Jesus was doing great things. Such news could not be kept quiet. The sick were getting better instead of dying. When confronting demons He displayed His power and defeated them.
These were needy people and friend when you have a great need that is the time to come to Jesus. Look at our society today and we could come to the conclu ...
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