We Would see Jesus

bible-879070 640A minister who was failing to preach Christ found a note in the pulpit Bible one Sunday morning. It read, “Sir, we would see Jesus.”

Convicted, he began to exalt Christ in his messages. Some time later, he found another note in the Bible, reading, “Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord.” 1

Acts 9:20 says of the converted Saul, “Immediately, he preached Christ, that He is the Son of God.”

Charles G. Finney proclaimed, “Away with this milk and water preaching of the love of Christ that has no holiness or moral discrimination. Away with preaching a love of God that is not angry with sinners every day. Away with preaching a Christ not crucified for sin.” 2

Around 1870, A. J. Gordon began his pastorate at Clarendon Street Baptist Church in Boston. It was a cold, prideful church. Gordon even referred to the choir as “the ice chest.” However, God, in His providence, brought D. L. Moody to Boston in 1877, and he pitched his tabernacle within three hundred feet of Gordon’s church. Night after night, for months, he preached Christ in plain and simple terms to thousands of all ranks and conditions. Excursion trains brought multitudes from all parts of New England.

Gordon’s biographer wrote: “At the center of these operations stood the Clarendon Street Church, like a cemetery occupied by troops for battle. What a shattering and overturning of weather-stained, moss-grown traditions followed! What experiences of grace, what widening vistas of God’s power, what instruction in personal religion, resulted from these six months of revival! The true purpose of a church’s existence began to be emphasized. Drunkards and outcasts were daily reclaimed, and brought into fellowship.” 3

“Preach nothing down but the devil, nothing up but Christ” (Spurgeon).


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  1. Vance Havner, The Secret of Christian Joy, Fleming H. Revell Company, New York, NY, 1938, p. 15
  2. Charles Colson and Ellen Vaughn, Being the Body, W Publishing Group, A Division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN, Copyright 2003, p. 101
  3. Vance Havner, Hearts Afire, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, NJ, 1952, p. 119
  4. www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/ep.htm