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Topic: Fame (05/10/12)
TITLE: Going Home
By Llewelyn Stevenson
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They had decided to take a walk and get some scenic shots of their town early on a Tuesday afternoon. There was nothing important to distract them and Bill wanted to do something Fiona liked. It was a partly cloudy yet sunny day, with cumulus candy floss reaching the heights of heaven.
“Bill! Fi! Glad to find you here, I wanted to invite you home,” a strangely familiar man approached on the lakeside footpath.
Bill and Fiona eyed each other hesitantly.
“Sorry, I’m not disturbing anything am I? I’m just on my way home and I wanted to take you along.”
Bill sensed an opportunity [he’s always looking for them], “No, not really [he hesitated, looking at Fiona, who nodded]... of course, we’d be delighted to come.”
The friend took them both by the shoulder and the three walked, “It’s not far, just across the football field over there.”
As they walked, they continued, engrossed in conversation.
Unobserved a little distance away Kerry approached a young mother attending her children in the nearby playground. He had prayed for this moment.
Patting her on the shoulder he pointed across the football fields, and said, “Look.”
Looking away she gasped. There were three people walking up into the air, over the tops of the trees on the furthest edge of the second football field. Just to the right of the cricket nets.
Face aghast, hand poised over her gaping mouth, she pointed with trembling fingers, and stammered, “Look!”
The people near in the playground and at the barbecues followed her gaze, stunned at the sight of three people, walking on air, and disappearing over the tree tops. Others at recreation along the lakeside had also observed the strange phenomenom, and stared as Bill, Fiona, and Jesus disappeared into the clouds.
Kerry began to call to the people and explain to them, “They’ve gone home to be with the Lord. Jesus has taken them home!”
He then went on in many words to explain how the Bible tells us that Jesus was to come again, and receive all who believed in him, even those alive, to be with him forever. He told them that all they needed to do to be a part of this great event, greater than what they had seen today, was to repent of their unbelief and believe in Jesus Christ. When asked how it was possible for Bill and Fiona to go to heaven this way, he explained that it was by faith.
“For the Bible tells us in Hebrews eleven, by faith Enoch walked with God and was not, for God took him. In the same way Bill and Fiona have walked with Jesus by faith, and he has taken them home. Those who want to be justified must live by faith.”
Kerry went all around Australia, encouraging the people, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”
In some cities, lights were placed strategically on the stage where he appeared, and whoever stood in his shadow, or if some took a hold of his sleeve, they were healed by faith in Jesus Christ.
And the fame of the Lord Jesus Christ spread across the nation, and a million Australians were born again to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Even so I say to you, believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Be sure to be among the million.
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