Jesus – The Light Of The World!
Jesus said to His followers, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). Again He said, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness" (John 12:46). How unspeakably blessed are we who follow Jesus and walk in His light! He is the way, the truth and the life. Following Him we will not blindly grope nor fearfully shudder in the dark. We will not take a wrong turn and end up in a deadly abyss.
Humble fisherman Peter, writing eloquently under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, reminds us: "Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy" (1 Pet. 2:9-10). How can we ever sufficiently praise Him for calling us by His great grace, out of darkness into His marvelous light, for miraculously delivering us from the kingdom of darkness and translating us into the Kingdom of His dear Son? (Col. 1:12-13). How exceedingly favored we are that the God "who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!" (2 Cor. 4:6).
We can show forth His praises by walking as children of light (Eph. 5:8) and by letting our light shine through good deeds which cause others, too, to praise Him (Matt. 5:16). Walking in love toward our fellow Christians also shows forth our gratitude and praise to Him (1 John 2:10).
Very important for us who are living on the brink of Christ’s coming again, is the reminder the Apostle Paul gives in his instructive letter to the Thessalonians who had concerns about His coming: "Ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober" (1 Thess. 5:4-8). Our watching and our glad anticipation of Christ’s coming again shows forth our praises unto Him as well.
Heralding His Coming
Jesus calls Himself "the light of the world." He is light even for the deepest jungles and the remotest islands. A song seldom sung any longer states it as it actually is: "The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin; the light of the world is Jesus…." What better way can we show forth our praises to Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light, than by spreading the light of His Gospel as far and wide as we can. Most of us in ourselves can be only a candle lighting a nearby area. (And might we all be faithfully doing that!) But joining our efforts together, we can spread His Gospel much farther abroad.
Here at Herald of His Coming we are continuously thanking the Lord for the privilege we have of uniting our efforts with those of Herald readers to go with the Gospel into around 150 nations of the world. And the message that we together proclaim is for saint and sinner alike – "Make ready! The coming of the Lord draws nigh!"
The front page of RIGHT CHOICE Salvation herald speaks urgently to the unsaved reader: "Only Two Roads"; "Only Two Destinies"; "Your decision determines your destiny!" Hear, O Israel appeals to the unsaved Jewish reader to consider, "Has The Messiah Already Come?" and sets forth Jesus who shed His atoning Blood as the One for whom many Jewish people yet look. TRUTH FOR YOU warns of the dangers of such occult practices as witchcraft, astrology, the ouija board, and new age teachings. HERALD OF HIS COMING, as most are aware, is our only monthly publication. Its anointed messages preach on revival, prayer, holy living, the Second Coming of Christ, world evangelization, etc.
As the staff at Herald of His Coming headquarters joins with you readers who send supporting gifts and new names for the mailing list, and with distributors who receive a package of literature to faithfully give to others – who can measure how far afield we can help make Jesus known as the light of the world? And all of us undergirding the ministry with prayer makes it more effectual.
Lines From Readers’ Letters
Rejoice with us in the way God is using our united efforts as you read these few brief excerpts from readers’ letters:
From Uganda: Herald of His Coming is a big contributor to my understanding God’s Word and way….
From Zambia: In rural area where I stay and pastor, we hardly get any Christian magazines. Herald of His Coming is our only hope and survival in these last days….
From Malawi: Since reading the Herald, I can feel a fire burning in my heart the way I used to when I first met my Jesus….
From England: The Herald spurs us to pray, and it greatly encourages us….
From Nigeria: Since reading the Herald, I now know that God can use you even when you think you are of no use. I now go out every Sunday to preach the Word of God to those at the hospital as never before….
Another from Nigeria: I had made up my mind of leaving the ministry with my wife for secular job because of some financial crisis that is facing me in the ministry, but to the glory of God, it was Herald of His Coming He used to restore me back into the faith….
Several from Kenya: Herald helps me move on in my Christian life…. Herald makes me yearn more and more for the presence of God in my life…. I work in a job where I can’t attend church often. This creates a gap, but praise the Lord, Herald fills the gap…. The Herald helps in preparing sermons and in counseling…. The Herald helped many in our Anglican Church to be saved and many to grow spiritually….
At the present time, the Herald of His Coming paper is being mailed to about 150 countries of the world. Can we stand together in faith and effort so that we will not have to retrench in any way? In recent months, our expenditures have been exceeding income. Rich recently mentioned to us that at least $45,000 is needed each month to meet our expenses, including printing, mailing, all overhead, and a living wage for workers. Considering that we mail out about 80,000 Herald of His Coming papers a month, plus other materials such as the Salvation literature and the classic books, this puts the cost of placing one Herald of His Coming paper in the hands of a reader at about 50 cents apiece. Do you agree that this is a reasonable expenditure for the paper you hold in your hand just now? Is this a good investment of the Lord’s money to help spread the Gospel at home and abroad? Would you like to help supply these messages to readers who eagerly await their Herald paper and who profit greatly from it?
The more friends we have participating with their gifts and prayers, the more hearts can be enlightened with the marvelous light of the Gospel. You can see that your gifts even of $5.00 or $10.00 are needed and helpful. Could you trust the Lord to help you send such a gift each of the three normally slack summer months? Some of you will be able and gladly willing to send more. Some of you already participate by sending twelve months of the year. How greatly we appreciate you friends who form a virtual lifeline for the ministry! But maybe you are one who has never participated with a gift or only occasionally have done so. We will be grateful for whatever God enables you to send at this time, friends. Reading Oswald J. Smith’s article on page six may be just what you need to encourage you to take a greater part as a worker with God. Surely we all agree that this hour of deepening darkness is not the time to withhold the Gospel light or to shine it only faintly! In it is the only hope of mankind!
A strong prayer support is vital for the Herald of His Coming ministry also. We are totally dependent on God for all that it takes to sustain this work of His. He has provided faithfully for over sixty years as countless prayers have ascended to Him. Please help us seek God for His supply of all needs. Thank you for your participation with us in prayer.
* For the thirty or more volunteers who have come in once or more a month to help package Herald of His Coming papers for mailing. Their joyful service to the Lord in this way is a tremendous help in keeping an up-to-date outflow of the Gospel.
* For all who pray for the ministry and staff, and who send their supporting gifts. God who sees the faithfulness and the sacrifice involved is honored and pleased and records it above.
* That the messages in this issue of Herald of His Coming will be humbly received and will have a significant effect on individual readers, on churches and even on nations, as hearts bow in obedience before God and His holy Word. Only the Holy Spirit can affect hearts in that way. We must have, we must earnestly pray for the Holy Spirit’s power in the Herald pages.
* For fresh anointing on the Salvation literature sent from Herald of His Coming, that many sinners will be brought out of darkness to repentance and to faith in Christ. Pray for God’s blessing and guidance to all who distribute these papers.
* For God’s protection over all the Herald work and workers.
* For God’s special grace in the lives of aging Herald readers who are experiencing weakness and failing eyesight and poor health in general. Might they be enabled as one dear sister of faith in her nineties, to shout "Glory! Glory!" even though bedfast, knowing that soon she will exchange the troubles of this world for the glories of the Home above!
* For God to prosper the efforts of all who are endeavoring to carry the Gospel light to people yet unreached, especially in areas where the Gospel is opposed. Pray for mighty breakthroughs against the powers of darkness. Jesus has promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Kingdom, but the battle may be strong and long.
* Pray that the increased leisure which some enjoy during the summer months, will not be selfishly squandered, but will be put to use in seeking God and helping to advance His Kingdom. Pray for children and young people to be involved in that which will build them up and not in that which will lead them into trouble.
"Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things" (Jer. 33:3).