Jesus knows the power of one!


power-of-oneBy Robin Sam

In John 6:37 we read: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

If you have opened the Bible and read the verse, I’d like you to underline the phrase ‘the one’ in it. Do you know who that ‘one’ is? That’s you, and me! Hallelujah! What a privilege God the Father gives to those who come to His Son, Jesus. The crux of the verse is this: You come to Jesus because the Father has caused you to come to Him. And, when you come to Jesus, you are welcomed into His presence. You are never rejected.

While Jesus was explaining the parable of the lost sheep, He said in Luke 15:7: “Likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” To be accepted by God as a child, you have to come to Jesus as a sinner and accept Him as your Saviour. Even today, that one sinner does more to gladden the heart of the Father in Heaven than the 99 just persons. That’s the power of one, and Jesus knows it.

Mark 5: 2-20 give us an account of the demon-possessed man set free by Jesus in the country of Gadarenes. If you read the account, it’s as if Jesus went to the place only to set the man, bound by Legion, free. Yes, Jesus will walk the extra mile just to redeem one person. Jesus knows the power of one. That one demon-possessed man did more evangelising work than His disciples before the Pentecost. Verse 20 says, ‘And He departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him…’ He spread the word about Jesus in 10 cities. That’s the power of one, and Jesus knew it.

One time, Jesus left Judea and went to Galilee, but He had to go through Samaria. We are not told why. He did not address big crowds there, nor was there any healing crusade conducted there. However, when we come to end of the passage (John 4:3-42) that talks about the restoration of the Samaritan woman, we come to know that Jesus came to that city for a purpose. He had one woman on His mind – the Samaritan woman whose search for love among men, and her longing for multiple partners did not quench her inner thirst. But when she met Jesus, she was restored to God’s love. Jesus came to Samaria just for this one woman. And this one woman went to the city and brought back the populace to hear Jesus. That’s the power of one, and Jesus knew it.

In Acts 8:27-39, we see the Holy Spirit leading Philip into the wilderness. No question is asked by Philip and no explanation is given for the special order. Philip simply obeyed and went only to find a eunuch, a powerful Cabinet minister of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians struggling with a difficult passage in Isaiah. Philip saw the opportunity and explained to the eunuch that the difficult passage was indeed a prophecy about Jesus Christ that had been fulfilled. After some more exposition, the minister was baptized by Philip. And because of that repentant, justified, baptized eunuch the Dark Continent saw Jesus, the Light of the world. That’s the power of one, and Jesus knew it.

Are you wailing that you are the only one in your family who follows Jesus? Are you the only one at your workplace who wants to be a follower of Christ? Are you the only one in your trade who settles for reasonable profit because of your status as a redeemed child of God? Don’t worry. You may be the only one who serves God in your family, company or business but when you are with Jesus you are a majority. ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:31).

Remember the power of one is not because of you but because of who Jesus is. He is the Incomparable One. He is the Only begotten son (John 3:16) He is the Only Way (John 14:6). His is the Only Name that can save the world (Acts 4:12). He is the only Living God, there is no other god besides Him (Isaiah 45:21). The power of one is because of the power of the One who created the world and made you and I in His image. Give your life over to Him today. He is all you need.

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