One of the great disasters in history took place in 1271. Nicolo and Matteo Polo (the father and uncle of Marco) were visiting Kublai Khan, at that time a world ruler over China, India and the entire East.
He was attracted to the story of Christianity, as Nicolo and Matteo told it to him, and said this to them: “You shall go to your high priest, and tell him on my behalf to send me 100 men skilled in your religion, and I shall be baptized. And when I am baptized, all my barons and great men will be baptized, and their subjects will receive baptism, too. So there will be more Christians here than there are in your parts.”
However, nothing was done for about 30 years, and then, only two or three missionaries were sent.
Too few, and too late!
It can only be imagined what could have happened to that entire region of Asia, if in the thirteenth century, there had not been such a delayed and uncaring response.
Three times Christ spoke of the harvest.
- First, when He was in Samaria, a desolate country, inhabited by an indifferent people, yet, He said, “They are already white for harvest!” (John 4:35).
- Second, in Galilee, viewing the multitudes as distressed, scattered, fainting, and dying, He stated, “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
- Third, He sent the seventy into Perea, a much- neglected area, and said, “The harvest truly is great” (Luke 10:2).
Wherever there is a need, Jesus calls it “a harvest!”
“Win for the Lamb that was slain the reward for His suffering” (The Moravian slogan).
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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