Last month I met Pak Dono, a used-car dealer. Apparently he had been looking for the truth for many years. For 13 years he studied a Muslim holy book. It could not satisfy his heart.
A Careful Study of the “Gospel” of Barnabas
He then went to his imam (religious teacher) and asked, “We believe in the Gospel. Why can’t we read it?” The imam answered him, but he still wasn’t satisfied. Pak Dono pressed him for the Gospel. The imam finally gave him the Gospel of Barnabas (a false gospel written in Italy in the 13th century).
Pak Dono studied this false gospel for three years. He noted that Isa Al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah) would turn all Christians into Muslims. He asked himself, “Why will Jesus make Christians into Muslims? Jesus did not bring Islamic teaching but Christianity.” His desire to know the answer to this question made him visit another well-known Muslim teacher. This man’s answers did not satisfy him either.
Reading the Bible
After that, he went to another city and bought a small Bible. He read it diligently. Sometimes he had to compete with his fifteen-year-old daughter, who liked to read it too.
An Egg and a Cross
One day he went to his in-law’s house to celebrate Idul Adha (the annual celebration of the sacrifice of Abraham’s son). According to tradition, the in-laws provided special food. At the celebration they were served salted eggs. When his mother-in-law cut the egg in half, they saw a cross in its yolk. Seeing that, his wife was angry and said, “It is the symbol of Christians and infidels!” She threw the egg away. When his wife cut a second egg in half, they discovered it also had a cross in the yolk. Pak Dono quickly took that egg. He also took the egg that his wife had thrown out and cleaned it.
That event left an impression in Pak Dono’s heart. He knew that he had to ask a Christian about it. Pak Dono tried to find a Christian in his town. He went to his business partner, a Chinese person, but he was not a Christian. So he continued to look.
A Christian Army Officer
One day, an Indonesian army officer came to buy a car. He was a Christian. Pak Dono asked the officer to take him to church. When they went to the church, the pastor did not allow Pak Dono to join the worship service for safety reasons. He was afraid the local people would be angry and burn the church down. Then the pastor introduced him to me.
More Valuable Than Pearls
That night, Pak Dono and the army officer came to my house. We talked about the Gospel until midnight. I told him how God’s plan was broken by Satan when mankind fell into sin. Because of God’s love, He sent Isa Al-Masih to save us by dying on the cross.
That night Pak Dono confessed Jesus the Messiah as his Lord and Savior. He hugged me while crying, and said, “This night I have found something more valuable then pearls.”
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