Missing the point

Matthew 21:33-46

Hans Nielsen Hauge, often called the John Wesley of Norway, changed Norway much as Wesley changed England. Hauge was born in 1776 to prosperous peasants in eastern Norway. He was a devout young man whose main sources of study were his Bible, his catechism and his hymnbook, and he read these many times over. On April 5, 1796, while working in a field and singing an old German hymn, “Jesus, I long for thy blessed communion”—Jesu, Sophia, ich suche und lange—Hauge was struck and knocked out by a light from heaven. He described it later as “something supernatural, divine and blessed. . . . I had a completely transformed mind, a sorrow over all sins, [and] a burning desire that others should share the same grace.”


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