Christ died in OUR law place. He was the ONLY one worthy to do it. He was Buried and then miraculously rose from the dead, as prophesied in scripture, proving that he was who he said he was…GOD! If that does not blow your mind, then re-read that again!!!!
After First Fridays last week Walter was really feeling the itch to get out and preach some good news:) He was not with us at First Fridays as he was on crutches, still recovering from his surgery. So we quickly dashed home from First Fridays, picked up Walty and met up with the faithful Marcus and Phil at the Bars. Eager to preach, Walter wasted no time. He popped on his new, sweet headset and began talking about who Jesus was and why he died. Right off the bat a man got out of the bar line and began yelling, practically right in Walter’s face. He continually asked Walter” What have you done for your disability, for God?” No one really knew what that meant, which frustrated the man even more. ” I’m sorry man, I’m not sure what doing something for my disability means, and I am actually not disabled…I just had surgery.” The man shouted the same question, over and over again, increasing the volume of his voice each time. Finally, he stormed off but came back about 5mins later apologizing to Walter. Walter of course told him it was perfectly alright, and asked if he could pray with him. The man agreed; and Marcus, Walter and Phil all prayed with him! Later the man befriended Walter:) Strange, and quick transition, but awesome nevertheless!
We had the question mic set up which the bar crowds really took advantage of. While Phil was in the middle of preaching a man ran
up to the mic dragging his friend with him…“THIS, GUY, my friend is a JEW…HE KILLLED JESUS!” He screamed in a joking manner. Phil took that and ran with it and began discussing how we ALL killed Jesus. Romans 3:23, included everyone! This seemed to be food for thought for people listening in the line. “I killed Jesus? Like personally???”A girl pondered to her friend from the crowd. I went over to speak with her and her friend. She had never really thought about her own sin killing God and her own offense before him. After finishing talking with the girls they even said “Please don’t stop discussing this message to others. Don’t be scared of how people respond. And tell the guys not to listen to mean people who yell at them!” Thanks for the encouragement ladies!:)
As the guys all rotated around on the mic, several people continued to take advantage of the question mic. Those who poked fun, those who were serious, drunk, angry, concerned, you name it! At one point a group of about 5 people came up. Jonathan was able to do the good person test with them via mic, as Marcus witnessed to their other friends, one to one. Their interest in the “good person,” test caused others to congregate, wondering what was going on. At this time we were able to speak one to one to several people and pray with a handful of them.
Then, a middle aged, biker looking gentleman hoped on the question mic. He explained what sounded like his testimony on how he came to know God. He described being brought to a low point in his life, doing several years of jail time, etc., It all sounded pretty real but he had been going on for about 15 mins, continually repeating himself( I think he may have been slightly intoxicated). Walter therefore thanked him and then began preaching again on his mic. This angered the man greatly, as I suppose he wasn’t quite done. He approached Walter to threaten him! Come on, who threatens a man on crutches! Haha, thanks not right! I think it was Marcus who ended up calling the police over for Walter’s protection. Walter didn’t seem to miss a beat and continued preaching.
As I believe Phil or Marcus got back on the mic, a man who identified himself as “the joker,” approached the question mic. For the next hour( no exaggeration!) he blasted music into his head phones, grabbing the mic, lip singing. He put on quite the performance, running around like a rock concert, falling to the ground several times. People gathered around to watch him, as one man from the bar ran up to him yelling in his ear…”DUDE…DUUUUUUUDE! Listen to these preaches, JESUS LOVES YOU! It’s going to be OKAY!” The joker continued as if he didn’t see or hear him. Honestly, it was hilarious at first but as we continued to watch the man we felt sorrow for him. Marcus and Phil finally got him to speak with them, and it turned out he had a lot of hurt/issues in his life. Thankfully, the man allowed the two to pray for him and he actually really calmed down after that, conversing with others; acting more normal(for lack of a better word).
As the guys wrapped up the night a man ran up to the mic extremely excited. “I want to do the IQ test! “ He yelled confidently. If you
look at the image to the right, you will see the “IQ,” test. At first glace it is easy to miss the repeated words. Actually, 98% of people miss it the first time. We use this as an analogy to show people that our hearts and perceptions can fool us. Perhaps you are confident that you are going to Heaven, once you die, based on your good words…and NOT based on Jesus. Or perhaps some of you believe without a doubt in your mind their is no God. The point of the IQ poster is, we miss the obvious, even when we stare right at it. Anyhow the man read the lines correctly and perfectly. However, he then announced to the crowd, “I’ve met these guys before, and I failed the IQ test…but know I came back and NAILED IT! WOOOO!” He proceeded to give us a shout out and let the crowds know that “These guys really aren’t so bad, come talk to them, seriously!” He went and high fived Jonathan and ran off.
The night ended as a man walked up to Marcus with a ton of left over food from a restaurant. He told us to give it to a homeless person. Awesome opportunity! Marcus and I went walking, but could not find any homeless people. Then all of a sudden I heard a crowd of guys mumble something to us as we walked by. “I’m sorry what did you say?”I asked him. “Oh nothing, I was just saying I am really hungry.” He said back. Perfect! We gave him the food and his eyes lit up. We were able to speak to two of the homeless men for a while about the gospel, as the others listened.
Jesus Christ gave himself as ransom. God desires that all repent, be saved, and come into the knowledge of TRUTH.