Once there was a rich nobleman in India who had everything he wanted. He had a good job, had a wife and children, and a large, luxurious house. But deep inside, however, he felt empty and alone. He wandered around the village near his house, and suddenly heard singing. He followed the sound and found a small village church. He went in, and to his surprise, found a group of people singing. He hung back, afraid to go in. But a friendly man invited him in. The nobleman consented, and sat down. After the singing ended, a man stood up and preached a sermon. The nobleman listened intently. It was about a man, a man named Jesus and that he came from heaven to earth to save man from all of their sins. He even died for them!
“Jesus,”the nobleman repeated to himself, puzzled. “Why have I heard this name before?”
The man continued preaching, and after he was done, he sat down. A lady played the piano, and the deacons collected the offerings. The nobleman hesitated, then pulled a sack of coins from his pocket. He poured the sack of coins into the plate the deacon held out to him.
After the service was done, the nobleman talked with the preacher.
“How long have you been a Christian?”the nobleman asked curiously.
“Oh, about three years,”the preacher answered.
“How come you are worshiping on Saturday? I know quite a lot of people who worship on Sunday instead,” said the nobleman.
Laughing softly, the preacher replied,”Friend, we are not Christians. We are Seventh Day Adventists. We worship on Saturday, the true Sabbath.”
The nobleman nodded thoughtfully. “Do you come here every week on Saturday?”
“Oh, yes! We come here every week,”the preacher nodded enthusiastically.
“I see,”the nobleman replied slowly.
“Do you want to stay for our fellowship lunch? We have plenty of food,”the preacher offered.
“Um, sure!”the nobleman replied.
“By the way, what is your name? I believe we haven’t introduced ourselves yet,”the preacher told the nobleman as they walked towards the fellowship hall.
“My name is Alfred,”the nobleman answered. “And yours?”
“My name is Robert! Nice to meet you,”Robert smiled and shook Alfred’s hand. “Welcome! Join us for lunch!”
Alfred nodded courteously and joined the line.
As they moved down the line,Alfred noticed there was no meat. “Are you guys vegetarians? I see that there’s no meat here.”
Robert chuckled. “You’re very observant! Yes, we are all vegetarians.”
When Alfred finished eating, he felt well nourished.
“The food is excellent! I enjoyed it! Thank you, Robert! I will be back next week, with my family too.” Alfred shook Robert’s hand and strode home.
TO BE CONTINUED…………………..
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