“Tell Me About Jesus”

“No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,  so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:13-16 HCSB.

We had been about 2 months in Pacora working toward starting a new church there. This was a community of maybe 3 thousand and there were 3 other churches: the Catholic Cathedral, Seventh Day Adventist and a Pentecostal. But, this was not the issue. The issue was all those folks that were wandering around about without Jesus Christ in their lives, and there were many. 

There was one old farmer who walked all bent over leaning on a long stick that helped to support his measured steps. He was deaf in one ear and heard little in the other, and he was near blindness. His name is Rosario Tiliafarro and a life-long resident of Pacora. He was born in the small house he occupied and his father had long ago homesteaded the 25’ x 60’ piece of property.

Manuel Sanchez allowed us to use his house for our Friday night Bible Study and worship for several meetings with about 30-40 people attending. These folks squeezed into a room that was maybe 10’ x 15’. The Sachez family had a few chairs, but we did build some benches to accommodate others, and there was a single light bulb that provided our light.

On this night we were reading and talking about Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus in John chapter 3. There were not enough Bibles for everyone to read from and they shared where necessary. Many in the group could not read, and Rosario had never learned to read nor could he see well enough to do so. But, he listened well. 

Normally when the study was over people would linger for a moment before leaving and Rosario always sat by the door and would leave immediately without speaking to anyone. This night was different. He sat by the door, but did not leave. When everyone had departed I took the opportunity to approach him, but before I could speak he began patting the empty seat next to him, “Hermano Misionero, toma a su siento aquí porque yo tengo una pregunta.” (Brother Missionary, take your seat here because I have a question.” This was not a request, Rosario demanded that I sit down and I obliged.

“Hermano, why did Jesus go away without becoming a Christian?” Of course, I did not have an answer for him, but I did go on to further explain John 3:16. My feeling was that my theological explanation was sufficient to give Rosario an understanding of what Jesus had said. In fact, I was very proud of my statement. This dear old man looked at me with tears streaming down his face and said, “Please tell me about Jesus. I do not want to go home tonight without Him.”

To make a long story short, Rosario was wonderfully born-again. He related that he had been reared as a Catholic and had never heard the story of Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus. Neither had he felt that he was ever good enough to go to Heaven. Faith had never been a consideration for him. Rosario told me that no matter how many times he had prayed through his beads there was no answer for his sinful heart. 

A few weeks later I baptized Rosario and 5 others in the muddy canal that ran nearby. After he went under the water, Rosario came up and shouting, “Gloria a Dios. Yo soy libre, yo soy libre!!” I am free, I am free!!

Rosario sold his property to the new Baptist Church, La Iglesia Bautista Agua Viva. The Living Water Baptist Church. His only request was that we build him a small room at the back of the house for him to live in. He wanted to live there until he went to Heaven. Today, Rosario is in Heaven for at that time, 1987, he was 90+ years old. What a story, what a Savior!!

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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