There are some messages which need to be repeated…I listened to a pastor tell what happened in his church one Sunday morning.
He got up to preach and said, “The message for today is, ‘Love One Another,'” and then he sat down. Everyone just sat there waiting for what would happen next — I guess they weren’t accustomed to such a short sermon! So the Pastor got up again and said, “The message for today is, ‘Love One Another,'” and then again sat down. The third time he went to the pulpit he said, “The message for today is, ‘Love One Another,’ and until we begin doing that, there won’t be any more messages.”
Slowly, a rather strange thing happened. People began turning to one another, talking with each other, praying for each other, and even opening their wallets and giving money to those near them who were going through difficult times financially. Eventually, they did hear other messages from the Pastor, but they did learn that important messages bear repeating.
Sometimes we need to be reminded of God’s important message to us. We all most likely have it committed to memory and we see references to it on posters at various sporting events.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 was the verse through which D. L. Moody learned to appreciate the greatness of God’s love. Moody had been to Britain in the early days of his ministry and there had met a young English preacher named Henry Moorhouse. One day Moorhouse said to Moody, “I am thinking of going to America.” “Well,” said Moody, “if you should ever get to Chicago, come down to my church and I will give you a chance to preach.”
Moody did not mean to be hypocritical when he said this, of course. He was merely being polite. Nevertheless, he was saying to himself that he hoped Moorhouse would not come, for Moody had not heard him preach and had no idea of what he would say should he come to Chicago. Sometime later, after Moody had returned home, the evangelist received a telegram that said, “Have just arrived in New York. Will be in Chicago on Sunday. Moorhouse.” Moody was perplexed about what he should do, and to complicate matters he was just about to leave for a series of meetings elsewhere. “Oh, my,” he thought, “here I am about to be gone on Sunday, Moorhouse is coming, and I have promised to let him preach.” Finally he said to his wife and to the leaders of the church, “I think that I should let him preach once. So let him preach once; then if the people enjoy him, put him on again.”
Moody was gone for a week. When he returned he said to his wife, “How did the young preacher do?” “Oh, he is a better preacher than you are,” his wife said. “He is telling sinners that God loves them.” “That is not right,” said Moody. “God does not love sinners.” “Well,” she said, “you go and hear him.”
“What?” said Moody. “Do you mean to tell me that he is still preaching?”
“Yes, he has been preaching all week, and he has only had one verse for a text. It is John 3:16.”
Moody went to the meeting. Moorhouse got up and began by saying, “I have been hunting for a text all week, and I have not been able to find a better text than John 3:16. So I think we will just talk about it once more.” He did. Afterward Moody said it was on that night that he first clearly understood the greatness of God’s love.