Open Air Preaching in Lima – Paul Washer

8 10 2009

Good night, my name is Paul Washer and I am not from here. But I saw that Peruvian guy talking about Jesus Christ and so I also want to preach. I want to say something about Jesus. I want to share with you my testimony.

25 years ago, I was going to the University of Texas to become a lawyer. There, everything was going pretty well for me. My grades were quite good. My career was almost perfect. But I was a drunkard, a horrible drunkard. When I was 17 years old, my dad who was very rich. My dad and I were working with our horses in our ranch. Because his hobby was to grow up horses. And we were there working, and my dad screamed and I laid hold of him. And we fell to the floor and he was dead.

At that point, I realized that it doesn’t matter if I am rich, I am going to die. No matter how smart I am, I am going to die. No matter if I find the girlfriend of my dreams, I am going to die as well. Isn’t it? Like you all are going to die. I am sorry for my good or bad news. But well you all are going to die.

Then I began to think. What is my life?… I went to college and I was studying there and everthing else. But without hope, without hope! But one day, a young man knocked on my door and began to talk to me about Jesus Christ… And I thought, the same as you are thinking of myself, that he was crazy, a mad man. Because what a foolishness talking about Christ at my door in these modern days!
“Does he not know that I am a college student?!”

So, he began to talk directly to my heart. He said:

“My friend, look: your life… how is it? Are you content?”
“Why? Do you have money?”
“Do you have a family?”
“Do you have a good education?” “Yes”
“Why then you are not content?” “Because I am going to die”
“I am going to die”

Then, he opened up his Bible and began to talk to me about the person of Jesus Christ.

Now, we are going to look at something, and I want everyone to listen to me. In regards to the person of Jesus Christ there are only 3 possibilities. Only 3, and tonight you have to decide who is Jesus for you. The first possibility is this: Christ was a mad man. Because any man who says that he is the Son of God and is not even if he believes it in sincerity, is crazy, a mad man. If we find a man who stands at the park and preaches that he is the Son of God, we know that he is crazy but Jesus said that he was the Son of God. There are only 3 possibilities: One: a very sincere man but a mad man, a crazy. Another possibility: Jesus Christ was a liar that he knew he was not the Son of God and he lied and deceived more people that any false prophet in the history of mankind.

So, with the person of Jesus Christ there are only 3 possibilities: One: He was a mad man; Two: He was a liar; Three: He is the Son of God. Probably, some of you say: “Well, Jesus Christ was a good man but I think he was not actually the Son of God”. But there is a problem with your logic: If Jesus was not the Son of God then he was not a good man. Because a good man does not deceive and a mad man is not a good man. You have to know who Jesus really was.

Another question: in all the churches, you always hear about the Gospel. The Evangelicals talk about the Gospel, the Catholics talk about the Gospel, you talk about the Gospel. But do you know what is the Gospel? Do you have an idea? Everyone talking about God and of Jesus Christ, but do you know what is the Gospel? Have you ever one time in your life understood what is the Gospel? I am going to explain it to you, look!

The word “Gospel” comes from a Latin word “evangelicon” and it means “Good, happy news”.

The only reason why I am shouting, it;’s not because I am angry, it is because I don’t have a microphone. I have to shout. But the Gospel is not bad news, it is good news. But it starts this way: God is just

I have a question for you: Do you prefer God to be unjust, or do you want a just God? Who wants an unjust God? A bad God? Anyone? No! Nobody!

God is just. But you say: “It’s Ok” No! The fact that God is just is your greatest problem. Your greatest problem is that God is just. You say: “Why is that a problem?” Why? Because you are not just. You have sinned. The Bible says: “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God “. YOU HAVE SINNED. You know that! I don’t have to even try to convince you that you have sinned. YOU HAVE SINNED. You have lied, you have had malicious thoughts. Look, look:

If I could make a DVD out of your life and I could display that DVD tonight at this park of every thought you have thought of every single day of you life. You would run away from this place and you would never ever come back. Because you have done things so shameful that you don’t want to even talk about them with anyone. It’s true! I know it’s true. Why? Because he bible says so and because I am like you.

Now, God is just and you & I have disobeyed God. You have broken the Law of God. Now, the greatest problem in the Scriptures is this: How can a just God forgive the sinner and still remain just? This is the greatest problem in all the Bible. I am going to give you an illustration:

Let’s say that a thief kills your family. And you catch him, and you make him appear before the judge. And the judge says to the man that killed your family:

“Look, I am a loving judge. That’s the reason why I forgive you. You are free to go”

How would you react? You would be so angry! you will scream! You will contact all Congressmen, the President and everyone else saying:

“Over here there is a judge that is more corrupt, that the criminals, he forgives”

If God is just, He HAS to satisfy His Justice. And the only way that that is possible is by punishing you in Hell for all your sins. That’s true. However, the Bible says also that God is LOVE. God is love. So God have made a way to satisfy His justice against you and to save you It’s only through His Son Jesus Christ.

At the cross, first Jesus Christ is more than just a man. Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.
Who became a man through the incarnation and was born of a Virgin Mary. He walked on this Earth and He lived a life absolutely perfect. Yet by the providence of God, He was nailed to a cross

At the cross, now, think! What happened at the cross? What truly happened? Let’s listen to Jesus Christ, He said when He was at the cross:

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Think! What was happening at the cross? The Only Begotten Son of God is at the cross and His Father forsakes Him?! Is rejected by His Father?!… Why? Because when Christ was at the cross He bore our sins. And God is HOLY and He cannot tolerate sin. Then, He forsook Jesus at the cross. And all the justice of God that you deserve and I deserve. This justice fell upon Jesus. And when Jesus died, He paid the fine for our sins. And now we can be saved through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Now, there are many people passing by that way they believe the Bible is the Word of God. But when someone steps out at the park to preach the Word of God. They say to themselves: “So strange! Foolishness!” But it is not foolishness if it’s truly the Word of God. Everyone is always talking about the fact that Christ is coming soon. But isn’t it interesting that nobody is preparing himself? That all the youth and everyone else are having fun at this park? And they don’t even think in the person of Jesus..

Look at all the hypocrisy that exists, everyone says: “Jesus is the Son of God”. But they live as though Jesus had never come.

Tonight, you have heard the Gospel. That of a true God loves you and that He sent His Son Jesus. And that you can receive forgiveness for your sins and no only that. You can live in newness of life

I am here not because I am religious I am here because 25 years ago the LORD changed my life. A horrible life! There are many of you who are seeking after money. My family has much more! Many of you want to become popular. I know some that are famous. I can tell this: You will not be content with popularity or wealth. You will not be content with your immorality, having fun. You will only be content and you will find life in the person of Jesus Christ alone

Now, I am going to come down. Don’t be afraid. I am not that crazy as you believe. If you want to learn more you can come near to me, or to any brother around here.

Open Air Preaching in Lima by Paul Washer