It was a blessing from God to bring forth His message to the people of Boise. I was privileged to share the gospel message of the cross with those in a nursing home, to start my day. I was amazed that God used me, to share His good word. What God put on my heart was the cross. He had me emphasize what Jesus went through, that day, at Calvary. That He bled and died for the sins of the world. That Isaiah prophesied of Him paying a great price for our sins. On the cross, Jesus suffered for all our transgressions. It pained Him deeply to be away from the Father in these moments but He did it because of His great love for each of us. He took on our sorrows and our guilt. Before the judge, He paid our debt that our chains may be loosed. In Him, there is life abundant, because of the cross. The cross is our bridge to eternal life in heaven. Jesus showed the greatest compassion when He accepted the thief on the cross in paradise. When the man was convicted of his guilt and called upon the Lord to remember Him, He was saved that hour. Just like us, God beckons us home. All it takes is a humble heart to receive Him. To end that message I shared from Corinthians about the gospel. That Jesus died for our sins and on the third day rose from the dead. This is very meaningful, indeed, since each of us are able to die to Christ and live a new life through Him. He made a way home for us all. All it takes is us receiving Him in our lives. I asked each of the people to give their lives to Jesus, if they hadn’t already. That God would accept them with open arms.
After leaving the nursing home, I headed to downtown Boise to share the good news of Good Friday to the people. As I passed out gospel tracks I’d ask people why today was so important. Those that didn’t know I’d explain that we remember the cross on this day. That Jesus died for our sins on the cross. He died for the transgressions of each us. To those that were listening, I’d ask them to receive Jesus in their lives. To offer their hearts to Him freely. To no longer live in sin but turn away from their wickedness to God. To read the Bible and obey its words. In this, Jesus will forgive us of our sins and have mercy. Many people, this night, needed prayers, so we prayed for their sicknesses to be healed, that they may have shelter, that they may stay warm, that they have find jobs, and that their children are watched over and cared for. I could see their countenance be lifted after we prayed. One gentleman, heard the gospel message, of which I asked Him to give His life to Jesus. That He didn’t need to work towards it but do it in this moment. In this, He accepted the challenge and prayed that Jesus would receive Him. We offered Him a Bible and encouraged to read from the gospels. He told us how greatly he was that we stopped to talk to him this day. Thank You Lord for leading us to these wonderful people that have open ears to Your gospel message. Many tracts were given out because You were there. Your message was given and hearts were touched. Touch their lives Lord. May they remember today and seek Your hand in prayer. I love You.
Isaiah 53:3-5 (KJV)
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (KJV)
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.