The Gospel According to Nebuchadnezzar
“King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.”
I’ve heard of some remarkable conversions in my time. I think, perhaps, one of the most remarkable is that of Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega. A dear friend of mine, Dr. Rudy Hernandez from San Antonio, Texas, along with Pastor Clift Brannon had an opportunity to go down to Miami, and to get the Gospel into Manuel Noriega before he stood trial.
That dictator has confessed Christ as his Savior, possesses Christ as his Savior; by all indications grew in Bible study and in spiritual commitment. We thank God for that, and certainly no one can escape the power of the grace of God once God Himself begins to move in a person’s heart.
But even greater than the conversion of Manuel Noriega would be the conversion of this king known as Nebuchadnezzar.
We would have considered Nebuchadnezzar the most unlikely candidate to be converted to the true God. And yet, because of His great mercies, we have recorded here in this passage of Scripture the almost indescribable unbelievable conversion of this man.
There’s one thing that’s always true about salvation. Salvation never originates with us. It always begins in the heart and the love and the mercy of God. God initiated the action in the life of this king. God has a way of moving upon our hearts, to get our attention, to bring us to Himself.
AND THERE IS NO PERSON WHO CAN ESCAPE THE HAND OF GOD ONCE GOD DECIDES TO MOVE.