The Need

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Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

2.74 billion people have never heard the name of the Lord Jesus. In Malaysia alone, close to 9 million people have never once heard the name of Jesus and that He came to die for their sins and rose again the third day, both to give them life forever, and life abundant now. God in Heaven sent His Son to bring redemption to us. Now He asks this question of us who are called by His Name, those who have understood the gospel and who have both trusted and obeyed the good news: who will go for us?

Why does God ask this question of His people? Is it not a natural response to grace when we respond to God’s call? Why then this awkward question?

Because many are not answering the call today.
God says sadly in Ezekiel 22:30 that He did not find even one to stand in the gap to help save the nation of Israel. After World War II there was an increase in missionary zeal as people believe that the coming of the Lord Jesus was nigh. However, as the years passed, it was believed that for every 500 missionaries retiring from the fields, one replaces them.
Who will go for us?

Because doing the will of God requires much sacrifice if anyone would come to Christ, there must be a denial of self and a taking up of the cross.
The life ahead for the disciple of Christ who chooses to follow Him will be a life of sacrifice, pain and giving. It will be a life that will see trials and temptations. The Lord therefore wisely tells all who will follow Him, to count the cost.

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Philippians 1:29

The work of God, however, will have no doers if the question is not asked. Therefore, the Lord our Saviour is still asking today: who will go for us?

Because many are dying and going to hell.
It is estimated that 68 people die every minute without ever knowing the Saviour of this world. That is 4,080 people every hour and 97,920 people dying daily without knowing that the Lord Jesus can save them from eternal damnation. Dear believer, is that nothing to you? Who will go for us?

The New Testament church was built by the Lord to storm the gates of hell. Some have said that we are to plunder hell to populate Heaven. (Matthew 16:18) Many are lost in the clutches of sin. All they need is someone who will take the time to visit, share with and love them. The Lord Jesus is still asking us today: who will go for us? We must say, “Here am I, Lord, send me.”

May the Lord make Ambassador Baptist Church a “going” church both locally and overseas. Here are we Lord, send us!

Evangelist-Pastor Johnny Tan
Ambassador Baptist Church

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