"He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My Righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities."
Isaiah 53:11 is an incredible verse, and contains the only true
motivation for missions and evangelism. I heard a marvelous, TRUE story recently, from an old taped sermon, (speaker unknown) which I would like to share with you, in the context of this verse...
oughly 100 (+ ?) years ago, there was an island somewhere in the Atlantic, owned by a multi-millionaire slave owner, who also happened to be an atheist. For that reason, he would allow no Christian workers to come to his island to preach the Gospel to his slaves.
Two young Moravian believers, both
young men barely out of their teens, were concerned that these slaves, who were living
on this island, had no opportunity to hear the Gospel. After some thought, they decided
that their only course of action would be to sell themselves into slavery, to this
man, so that they would be transported to the island, to live and work among the
other slaves, and thus have opportunity to share the gospel with them.
Naturally, their families were quite distraught, and grief-stricken at their decision. This was not a temporary separation. These young men knew that they were selling themselves into a lifetime of servitude, with no hope of ever returning home to see their families and other loved ones.
When the time came for them to leave, their families and friends stood on the dock, weeping as they watched these two young men pull away from the dock. One of the family members cried out the question they had been continually asking; "Why are you going?"
After a few moments of reflection, one of the two young men cried out, at the top of his voice, for all to hear, what has since become the banner cry of Moravian missions:
"May the Lamb Who was slain receive the reward of His suffering"!
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