At the end of his sermon yesterday, our pastor read John Chau’s final letter to his family before he was killed by the Sentinelese tribe (bold emphases mine):
You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worth it to declare Jesus to these people.
Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed.
Rather please live your lives in obedience to whatever he has called you to and I’ll see you again when you pass through the veil. This is not a pointless thing – the eternal lives of this tribe is at hand and I can’t wait to see them around the throne of God worshiping in their own language as Revelations 7:9-10 states.
I love you all and I pray none of you love anything in this world more than Jesus Christ.
Soli Deo gloria.
As I was typing this post and wondering not only what it would be like to write a letter like this but maybe even to receive one from one of my sons one day, Cub came to me and asked what I was doing. So I told him about John Chau, the Sentinelese, and showed him a map of the island. And we prayed for the Chau family and the Sentinelese. Cub specifically prayed God would change the hearts of the Sentinelese to one day know Jesus and love Him.
Oh that God would answer that prayer in our lifetime.
Many have called John Chau a fool. I can’t make that final call. But if a fool is someone who loves strangers enough to risk his life to tell them the gospel, I hope we are all fools in this way. Fools before the world, but perhaps — just perhaps — wise unto God who alone is truly wise.