A Message of Hope

By   •   May 29, 2009

Approximately 7,780 people packed into Saku Suurhall Arena in Tallinn this evening. Almost 300 people came forward in response to Franklin’s invitation.

Preaching from the Gospel of Luke, he told Estonians that it does not profit a man to gain the whole world if he loses his soul.

God has a plan for all people, said Franklin, but we have a problem called sin. All have sinned and that separates us from God. It becomes a barrier – it prevents our prayers from reaching God.

But tonight you can be forgiven, Franklin said. “Tonight you can know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Tonight, I want to tell you about a man who came close to dying and losing his soul.”

He went on to teach about Zacchaeus – a tax collector who cheated his own country men. Yet Zacchaeus desired to meet Jesus when He was passing through.

“I think maybe Zacchaeus felt guilty,” said Franklin. “Maybe tonight you feel guilty. You wonder if there is any way you can be forgiven. … Yes, tonight you can be forgiven.”

Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus but he was small in stature. “Thousands followed Jesus and he could not see above the crowd,” Franklin said. “Maybe you feel small tonight, maybe you feel God is far away in heaven. He is not far away. He loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for your sins.

“God sent his son Jesus Christ to take our sins – He went to the cross – He died and shed his blood on a Roman cross – when He died He took your sins to the grave. But on the third day God raised His son to life. He is not dead. He is not hanging on a cross. He is here tonight. Tonight you can be forgiven.

“Tonight you can be cleansed of all your sins. God is offering salvation through his son Jesus Christ but you have to accept it by faith.”

Before Franklin spoke, the mayor of Tallinn greeted the people. “We are here to listen to a message of hope that is for everyone,” said Edgar Savisaar.

Dennis Agajanian’s masterful guitar playing amazed the audience, while Anne and John Barbour touched hearts from many nations. Matti Aspvik, Ekaterina Kroshchuk, and Rebecca Kontus gave glory to God with their voices, as did Huntley Brown. Five hundred people from various churches joined together with the symphony orchestra.

And heaven rejoiced!

You Can Accept Christ
Just like the hundreds in Estonia, you too can accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Follow the Steps to Peace and make sure your soul will be with God for eternity.

Pray for forgiveness right where you are! God will hear. Let us know how we can pray for you.

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  1. Aubrey Stewart says:

    In this story Zacchaeus, went out of his way to meet Jesus although his guilt was a barrier to him- he was determined to meet his savior. Sometimes we have to endure pain or barrier to feel the rich and true presence of the spirit hope and happiness.