Jesus was a Soulwinner
By David J. Stewart
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” —Isaiah 45:22
Jesus was a soul-winner. Proverb 11:30 says “...He that winneth souls is wise.” To “win” a soul in Hebrew here means to “take,” i.e., to “fetch” souls for Christ. Only the Lord can save a soul. 1st Corinthians 3:6, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
The Scriptures provide us with two detailed examples in which our Lord shared the Gospel with lost sinners, one being Nicodemus in John chapter 3, and the other being the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4. These are precious accounts of Jesus soul-winning. Where would we be without these precious models for soul-winning?
Jesus and Nicodemus
Many people are familiar with John chapter 3 concerning Jesus and Nicodemus, but don't know about a little Scripture in John 7:50 which states, “Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them).” Nicodemus came to Jesus while it was dark outside for fear of being seen with the Savior. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and likely feared persecution and rejection by his peers if seen with Jesus, as evidenced by the flak he received in John 7:51-52 for defending Jesus.
We read in John 3:1-3 . . .
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Jesus didn't hesitate to tell Nicodemus that he couldn't enter into Heaven unless he became born-again. Oh, how this message is needful today in the world. With over 6,000,000,000 people in the world today, most of them are hellbound in their sins without Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:13-14). Their desperate hope is a concerned soulwinner.
“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power,
to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour;
To lose one's wealth is sad indeed, to lose one's health is more,
to lose your soul is such a loss, that no one can restore.”
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
We read in John 4:3-7 concerning the Samaritan woman . . .
“He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”
Amen! Jesus took the conversation to a spiritual level, which is how we ought to witness to people. Any conversation can be taken to a spiritual level if one knows their Bible well.
For example: If a man says that he works as a doctor, you can introduce him to THE GREAT PHYSICIAN . . . “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17). Jesus Christ is the divine Healer of our souls.
Another example is a person who says they work in a bakery. Jesus said in John 6:35 . . . “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” The Bible is filled with many wonderful Scriptures to help us win souls to Jesus Christ. The woman at the well understood what it meant to draw water from the well to quench her thirst, and Jesus used that to appeal to her spiritual need for salvation.
“Too long I've laid me down to sleep, and prayed the Lord my soul to keep.
I should awake before I die, and realize time is passing by;
And rise and go and tell the lost, despite my plans despite the cost.
Too long I've laid me down to sleep, while multitudes about me weep;
And other cries of dark despair, for no one ever seems to care.
My life is short, and soon I'll stand, with sinner's bloods upon my hand;
Unless I wake before I die, and realize time is passing me by.”
Jesus was Concerned for the Souls of the Lost
Much religious work today is done in the flesh, with little or no concern for the souls of lost sinners. This is largely because preachers have stopped preaching about eternal punishment from the Scriptures. The Biblical doctrine of eternal punishment for the wicked ought to give us a passion for lost souls. Sadly, few believers care these days. Jesus cared and went about preaching the Gospel . . .
Matthew 4:23, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
Matthew 9:35, “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”
Mark 1:14, “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.”
Jesus was a faithful preacher of the Gospel, and so should we be as His disciples.
In youth I'm too happy to think, I've got plenty of time left.
In manhood I'm too busy to think, I'm trying to make a lot of money.
In the prime of life I'm too anxious to think, worry has taken over.
When I start getting old, I'm too old to think—life's wasted, heart's got harder.
Dying in bed—I'm too sick to think, I'm weak and suffering.
Death is too late to think—time's over and opportunity is lost.
In eternity—forever to think, I'm in Hell now with no mercy, and lost forever.
Serving God with Fastings, Prayers, and Soulwinning
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"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8
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