An Example from Nepal
By Pastor D
False religions abound and are proliferating. How can you tell the true from the
false? There are many false prophets in the world. We know Jesus is fully God and
fully man. The acid test of a true prophet revolves around the recognition that
Jesus is God in the flesh. We are linking with indigenous leaders and their
missions who are crystal clear regarding this central teaching of the Bible.
"This is the way to find out if they have the Spirit of God: If a prophet
acknowledges that Jesus Christ became a human being, that person has the Spirit
of God" (1 John 4:2).
The book of John is the Gospel for everyone. Voluntarily the very God of
creation became a man. "In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with
God, and He was God. He was in the beginning with God, and He was God. He
created everything there is. Nothing exists that He didn’t make. Life itself
was in Him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the
darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it" (John 1:1-5).
The Beloved Apostle records on his scroll with the total awe of an eye witness.
"So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of
unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the
only Son of the Father" (John 1:14). Jesus embodied the tabernacle of the Old
Testament. The glory of God descended and manifested Himself to the Israelites
day by day. Jesus lives in us in such a way that the glory of the incarnation
is seen in His tabernacle today on earth, His Church.
The water was transformed into wine. "This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee
was Jesus' first display of His glory. And His disciples believed in Him"
(John 2:11). Throughout the Gospel of John the glory of Jesus is declared over
and over again.
How could the Jewish religious leaders grasp what Jesus could possibly mean?
"All right," Jesus replied. "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise
it up" (John 2:19). After His crucifixion, death and resurrection the precise
meaning of our glorious Saviour was made clear to His disciples. By "this
temple," Jesus meant His body. After He was raised from the dead, the disciples
remembered that He had said this. And they believed both Jesus and the
Scriptures (John 2:21, 22).
To walk with indigenous mission leaders is to observe and to begin to fathom
the manifestation of Jesus at work and the proliferation of the Gospel in
completely different settings. Jesus is making Himself known. He is manifested
in true humility with striking impact. "We have all benefited from the rich
blessings He brought to us – one gracious blessing after another" (John 1:16).
Nepal has seen it all in the 18 short years since the inception of Advancing
Indigenous Missions in 1999! The royal family which had ruled the kingdom for
hundreds of years was shot and killed overnight. For many years the Maoist
trained and equipped terrorists threatened to draw the entire country into
chaos. A minority Communist government was elected that was unable to draw up
an acceptable constitution for a long period of time. An embargo from
neighbouring India ground the entire economy to a halt. Recently earthquakes
and tremors have reduced massive and minute buildings alike in four heavily
populated districts to rubble and villages to utter vulnerability. Now
flooding from deluges from the sky, begs for a massive response to these
weakened and unprotected millions.
Anything that the Nepalese people might have considered foundational in their
lives in this landlocked nation has been shaken. It is perhaps no wonder why
the people of this country have been so open to the message of the Gospel.
The multiplication of the church – which may be the fastest growing one in
the world – and the simultaneous undulations of major life factors, are no
The message of the cross has been borne on the backs of faithful messengers.
These emissaries are single minded in their focus to present Christ to the
teeming millions without hope and without God in the world. In the manner of
their Saviour and Lord, they too have denied themselves and have assumed the
role of the obedient servant in order to identify with the ones they are
seeking to reach. Their confidence comes not from what they find in
themselves or in this world but in Christ who died and gave himself up for
We have written over the years of prominent leaders in Nepal who exemplify
incarnational ministry, such as Philemon & Elishiba Chhetri. It is beautiful
for us to see this taking place in the lives of those that they are
discipling. Habil is one such servant leader. It is not uncommon for him to
be away from home 20 - 25 days per month in order to mentor, provide pastoral
care and teach the many believers which have emerged. His otherworldly
foundation in Christ is evidenced in the confidence he brings to his daily
sacrificial service to his people group. Not long ago, Habil donated some of
his own land to believers who had lost everything so that they could once
again establish a home.
These faithful messengers who are identifying with those around them are
seeing the power of God in their work. Christ is displaying His glory through
the message on their lips and through the example of their lives.
posted on Sept 14, 2017