Manish’s anticipation grew as he waited for the programme, hoping he wouldn’t have to work that day and miss his chance to finally see the pastor and learn more about what he had read. When the day of the programme finally came, Kanti asked Manish if they were going. Manish gave an assertive reply—they were definitely going. Nothing would stand in his way.
Manish heard things at the programme that he had never heard before. Jesus, the Son of God, holy and blameless, died for mankind? And rose again? It felt too fantastic to believe, yet the teaching from God’s Word was so clear. Manish listened with every fiber of his being, completely absorbed in what was being shared. The words from the Bible brought peace and left an undeniable impression on his heart, but Manish struggled to believe it could possibly be true.
During the entire week after the programme, Manish wrestled with this internal dichotomy of hope and skepticism. He talked with Pastor Ahsan several times and acknowledged how he sensed something like happiness and peace in his heart when the pastor prayed with him. Pastor Ahsan explained about the overflowing joy and inner peace found in Christ, but Manish was still hesitant to believe the amazing news about Jesus.
Dreaming of a Feast
After one of his conversations with Pastor Ahsan, Manish laid down, closed his eyes and anticipated a peaceful night’s sleep. But during the night, he had quite the opposite experience.
In a dream, he saw many people gathering.
“What is happening?” Manish asked someone in his dream, curious about what everyone was doing and why they were gathering.
The person told Manish that they were all going to attend a feast, and they were hurrying to get the best seat. Manish excitedly started preparing himself to go too, but when he reached the entry door, someone told him that the feast was only for those who had a ticket. Manish had to walk away from the door, and he went home discouraged.
Then he awoke.
When morning came, Manish sought out Pastor Ahsan and listened again to what the man shared from God’s Word. Rich truths fell on Manish’s ears, and this time, they found their way to a ready heart.
Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, Manish could finally believe the unbelievably good news of salvation through faith in Christ—something he’d only recently discovered with the help of the pamphlets. He confessed his inability to meet God’s standard of righteousness on his own, and he decided to ask Jesus to cleanse his heart and lead him in the way everlasting. Soon, he publicly expressed his determination to live for Jesus.