Ashamed Sermon Illustrations

Ashamed Sermon Illustrations

A Modern Mrs. Nicodemus

"Mither," said a Scots laddie, "there's a new mon come to toon to preach. Gang and hear him." Thinking it strange to be asked by her boy, she resolved, though reluctantly, to go. How to conceal from her neighbors her going to a revival meeting was her difficulty. Nicodemus went to Jesus under cover of night; this woman took her market basket on her arm, as if she were going to make the usual daily purchases, thus screening herself from the observation and jeers of her neighbors. Day after day she appeared at the meeting with her basket. At length she was brought to know the Lord. "Ye'll not need the basket anymore," said the evangelist to her, with a significant twinkle in his eye.—London Christian Herald.

Ashamed, and Not Ashamed

A young convert tried to preach in the open air. He could not preach very well, but he did the best he could. Someone interrupted him and said: "Young man, you cannot preach; you ought to be ashamed of yourself!" Said the young man: "So I am, but 1 am not ashamed of my Lord." That is right. Do not be ashamed of Christ—of Him who bought us with His own blood.Christian Herald (London).

A Japanese Schoolboy

A Japanese schoolboy once showed his courage in a way that puts many of us to shame. He belonged to a school in Nagasaki containing one hundred and fifty boys, and he was the only Christian among them all. He brought his luncheon to school, as he lived at a distance, and he dared to fold his hands and ask a blessing every day before he ate. He had some enemies among the boys, who went to the master of the school and accused him of "doing something in the way of magic." The master there­upon called the lad before the school and asked him what he had been doing. The little fellow spoke up bravely, explaining that he was a Christian, and that he had been thanking God and asking him to bless the food. At once the master burst into tears, putting his head down on the desk. "My boy," he said, "I, too, am a Christian; but I did not dare let men know that I was one. Now, please God, I will try to live as a Chris­ tian ought to live."—From the late Amos R. Wells, in Christian Herald.

Aaron Burr's "Almost."

Have you ever noticed the danger of standing on the borderland? Some of those men who became the greatest enemies of Christ were so near to becoming Christians that it is a wonder they evaded it. Take that man, Aaron Burr, who was the traitor of America, who bartered his country. He was in a Yale University revival meeting. The invitation was given for those who wished to give themselves to Christ to leave their seats and go into another room. He was moved, deeply moved by the Spirit to become a Christian and went with the other young fellows. As he passed, someone said, "Look at Aaron Burr going into the inquiry room." Burr turned and came back and said, "I was only fooling."—From Sermon by William Evans in Good News.

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