The Greatest Story Ever Told!

The following is from a sermon entitled the Blood by Charles Spurgeon. I love the reference to the missionary Adoniram Judson. I love thinking that we need not amuse people we must tell them the truth:

This thought struck me when I was preparing for preaching, that I should have to tell you an old story over again; and just as I was thinking of that, happening to turn over a book, I met with an anecdote of Judson the missionary to Burmah. He had passed through unheard-of hardships, and had performed dangerous exploits for his Master. He returned, after thirty years’ absence, to America. “Announced to address an assembly in a provincial town, and a vast concourse having gathered from great distances to hear him, he rose at the close of the usual service, and, as all eyes were fixed and every ear attent, he spoke for about fifteen minutes, with much pathos, of the precious Savior, of what he had done for us, and of what we owed to him; and he sat down, visibly affected. “The people are very much disappointed,” said a friend to him on their way home; “they wonder you did not talk of something else.” “Why what did they want?” he replied: “I presented, to the best of my ability, the most interesting subject in the world.” “But they wanted something different — a story.” “Well, I am sure I gave them a story — the most thrilling one that can be conceived of.” “But they had heard it before. They wanted something new of a man who had just come from the antipodes.” “Then I am glad they have it to say, that a man coming from the antipodes had nothing better to tell than the wondrous story of the dying love of Jesus. My business is to preach the gospel of Christ; and when I can speak at all, I dare not trifle with my commission. When I looked upon those people to-day, and remembering where I should next meet them, how could I stand up and furnish food to vain curiosity — tickle their fancy with amusing stories, however decently strung together on a thread of religion? That is not what Christ meant by preaching the gospel. And then how could I hereafter meet the fearful charge, ‘I gave you one opportunity to tell them of ME; you spent it in describing your own adventures!’” So I thought. Well, if Judson told the old story after he had been thirty years away, and could not find anything better, I will just go back to this old subject, which is always new and always fresh to us — the precious blood of Christ, by which we are saved.

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  1. from another spurgeon message

    There are ministers of Christ present at this hour, together with City
    missionaries, Bible-women, Sunday-school teachers, and other workers in
    my Master’s vineyard, and I make bold to enquire of each one of them-Is
    this your object in all your Christian service? Do you above all things aim
    at saving souls? I am afraid that some have forgotten this grand object; but,
    dear friends, anything short of this is unworthy to be the great end of a
    Christian’s life. I fear there are some who preach with the view of amusing
    men, and as long as people can be gathered in crowds, and their ears can
    be tickled, and they can retire pleased with what they have heard, the
    orator is content, and folds his hands, and goes back self-satisfied. But Paul
    did not lay himself out to please the public and collect the crowd. If he did
    not save them he felt that it was of no avail to interest them. Unless the
    truth had pierced their hearts, affected their lives, and made new men of
    them, Paul would have gone home crying, “Who hath believed our report,
    and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?”

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