Yesterday in my Easter Sunday sermon, I left out something I thought about including. Here it is. The conversion of the Apostle Paul to Christ after he had been such a vicious enemy of the cross should tell us that Jesus is able to reach people we may think are unreachable.
I read an article about the fact that in the last few years, Jesus has been appearing to many Muslim refugees in their dreams and leading them to become Christians. Often, this will mean being shunned by their families and potentially killed for turning their backs on Islam.
There are scores of Muslim refugees who’ve been baptized into Christ claiming Jesus appeared to them. George Saliba said he has baptized around 100 Syrian Muslims since civil war broke out in 2011. Abu Radwan said Jesus appeared to him two years ago. He said, “I started going to church. I believed that Jesus was coming to help us, to save us.” He said he was stabbed while coming home from church by some Muslim people he knew.
Many Muslim refugees in Europe have also converted to Christ. Just outside of Berlin there is a church that has grown from 150 to 700 in attendance. In Austria baptisms have increased by 70% in some churches – most of them from Muslim converts to Christianity because of these visions.
I don’t know how to explain all of this. I cannot argue with their experiences. If they give their lives to Jesus – who are we to argue. Whatever the case, the Lord is passionate about lost people finding salvation. Oh that we would be so passionate. Who have you been trying to talk with about the Lord? Many in our culture claim to already believe. I mentioned in the sermon yesterday that 70% of those who do not go to church already believe in the resurrection. It sounds to me like many of them need to be invited back to church. Take a look at your contacts in your phone and pray for God to open your eyes and open the hearts of these people. Then, give people a call to invite them if they’re not connected to a church body.