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COLUMN: Preach Jesus from the housetops

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By C.L. Glasscock

I was visiting a person the other day and he asked me, “When you were preaching did you ever look out over the crowd and wonder how many in the congregation had ever told anyone about Jesus Christ?”
This brought back memories of a sermon I had heard preached by one of my favorite preachers. He said that most people could talk about anything easier than they could about Jesus. He went on to say that sometimes he would come upon some of his members outside and they would be talking about farming or what they were doing but he never heard them mention Jesus’ name.
As we look at Matthew 10, we will see what we should preach and fear.
Matthew 10:25-33 says: “It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master and the servant as his Lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore, for there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed and hid that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness that speak ye in light; and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows ... But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
In these verses in Matthew, what is Jesus telling us? He is telling us that our main subject should be telling people about Jesus. He also tells us that we cannot hide anything from him. And what he tells us is to preach it from the housetops, which means that no matter who you are around, speak out for Jesus. And fear not them which kill the body and not able to kill the soul.
I will never forget my first year in the judge-executive’s office. We were doing a lot of things and making a lot of changes. This one elderly woman called me and said, “Honey, I fear for you. They are liable to kill you.”
I assured her that no matter what happened to me, I still live and don’t you forget. Isn’t it wonderful to know that if something happens to you in this world that Jesus will give you a new body one day that will never die?
Please read and study Matthew 10:25-33 and see where you stand with the Lord.