Friday, March 2, 2012

A Crosswalk Conversation with Joe

This story was written on June 19, 2010, and is reposted from another blog.

Michelle and I spent some time the other night with the cross, at the busiest intersection in our community, commonly referred to as "Bouquet Junction." Shortly after we arrived, a homeless man named Joe approached the corner.

God is so very good, so gracious and kind. He allowed me to engage Joe in conversation and share the Law and the Gospel with Him.

Recently, for reasons I can assume, but for reasons ultimately known only to God, He has allowed me the privilege and blessing to talk to people who, to one extent or another, find themselves battling depression. Joe was and is such a person.

God, in His infinite grace and mercy, preordained for Michelle and I to be on that corner so that we could meet Joe.

God, in His sovereign wisdom and power, orchestrated every circumstance that evening, providing Joe with an opportunity to hear the Law and the Gospel.

God, in his infinite love, allowed His one and only Son, God in the flesh, Jesus Christ the Lord, to suffer and die on the cross to make propitiation for those who would repent and believe. The Lord Jesus Christ then rose from the grave, forever defeating sin and death. Had not the Lord God made such glorious and loving provision for the forgiveness of sin, there would be no gospel. There would be no good news. There would be no hope for anyone, including a troubled man named Joe.

But, because God is loving, gracious, merciful, and kind there is hope. There is hope for people like Joe, if people will humble themselves before Almighty God, repent and, by faith alone, believe the Gospel and receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

That to which you are about to listen is my conversation with Joe. God alone receives all the glory and praise for what took place during the half-hour or so Michelle and I had with Joe.

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