Devotion for Week of August 6, 2012 - FROM THE SYNAGOGUE TO THE SAVIOUR


John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

John 8:31, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”

In 1858 A German born Jewish Doctor named Max Lewis Rossvally immigrated to New Orleans, Louisiana.  In April of 1861 when Louisiana decided to side with the rest of the South and form the Confederate States of America, Dr. Rossvally joined the 2nd Louisiana and was mustered into Confederate service.  Shortly thereafter, because of his broken English he was approached and asked to go north, and join the Union army as a spy.  This he did.

He found it very easy to send information to Richmond using the “doctor line”.  Not much happened until July of 1863.  In a little town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Max Rossvally met a young drummer-boy by the name of Charley Coulson, who had to have his arm and leg amputated.  This young drummer-boy, suffering the pain of his wounds, and the tremendous pain of the amputations witnessed the love of Jesus Christ to this Jewish Doctor.

Five days after the amputations the young drummer-boy called for the unsaved doctor and told him that while he was being operated on he had prayed for his unconverted soul.  Not understanding how this boy could ignore his own pain to be concerned for his eternal soul, it made a tremendous impact on him.  The boy died just moments later.

The war went on and Rossvally became a drunk because of all he was made to experience.  He was caught twice for being a spy and yet his life was spared; he was given a dishonorable discharge.

Ten years after this incident, which Dr. Rossvally could never forget, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour.  The very night he accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour, his wife moved out of their house and took their two children with her.  She later divorced him.  Shortly thereafter he started witnessing to his people the Jews.

Before he died in October, 1892, in Leeds, England after opening a free medical clinic to the Jewish population there and winning hundreds of souls to Christ, he was able to hear that his ex-wife and both his children had accepted Christ and converted to Christianity.

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