CASEY VANDER JAGT

The story of a Dutchman in Michigan, USA who had great zeal for Christ.

Casey Vander Jagt lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a huge Hollander and strong as an ox, and he was famous for the unexpected. Not so much for what HE did, but that he responded instantly to unexpected opportunities God gave him.

One day Casey was down town in Grand Rapids. He was on foot and came to an intersection to cross the street. He found that the stop light had stopped working, and a city policeman was directing traffic.

The cop was only doing a fair job, so traffic was a mess, and the cop had totally forgotten the pedestrians. He was not letting them cross at all, and a large crowd had gathered on each of the four corners.

Now, Casey did not go take up the cause of the disadvantaged down trodden pedestrians. He only saw a great opportunity to preach the Gospel. Casey walked right out in the traffic to the policeman. He took the cop by the back of the collar, and flung him over his shoulder, and let him dangle there. Then he signaled the traffic in all directions to stop, and turned to one of the corners filled with pedestrians, and began to preach the Gospel,

He preached for about three minutes to each corner in turn– he had a booming Dutch voice, so they heard real well. All this time the cop was complaining to Casey and ordering Casey to let him down so that he could arrest him. After Casey was finished preaching the Gospel, he let the cop down and told him he could then arrest him.

The cop did so, and he took Casey to the police station. The cop told his story to the Police Chief, and he got ready to book Casey. The Police Chief stopped the cop and said, “That’s Casey Vander Jagt. You can’t arrest him– he’s our friend. Let him go.” The Police Chief encouraged Casey to try to find some more socially acceptable evangelism methods and sent him on his way– knowing Casey would do the unexpected again anyway.

Andy Warhol, the world’s worst scourge on art since Picasso, said that every man had his fifteen minutes of fame. Well, every saint of The Lord Jesus Christ can be famous every day– famous with Jesus his Lord. But the saint who wants into The Lord’s hall of fame must be prepared to do the unexpected with unexpected methods– “…instant, in season and out of season.”

Think of Samson, Moses, Ehud…. stop right there. I was going to list a lot of those fellows. Instead, can I ask you to read the account of Ehud’s unexpected methods? It is found in Judges Chapter Three. That boy was left handed, which was considered a real disadvantage in olden days, but look at that boy use that eighteen inch dagger!

And how about Shamgar there in the last verse of Judges Chapter Three?

Judges 3:31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.

Did you read the one about Samson who killed a thousand men?

Judges 15:15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.
16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.

Every one of you Jack Asses has a jaw bone.

Are you using it to witness for Jesus?

What are you doing with the opportunities God has given you?

One more about Casey. Casey had been a hard drinker before he was born again. One day he went back to his former favorite bar, walked in, yelled, “The bar is closed, it’s time for church.” He got his Bible out and started to read a verse, and some old drunk told him to shut up and came swaggering up to Casey. Casey had a fist like a ham, and he plastered the guy and knocked him down. The drunk staggered back to his table, everyone had a good laugh, and Casey preached for a few minutes.

Another one. Casey wanted to preach on the mall in downtown Grand Rapids. He took a bull horn with him and started preaching with it. The mall authorities called the police. The police told Casey he could preach, but he could not use the bull horn. That was a mistake, for Casey had a voice like two bulls. So, he raised his voice in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and did he ever give them the Gospel.

Have you gotten the point here?

None of these things could have been done by a committee, an evangelistic association, or a patriotic movement. One man. And he delivered the message instant in season and out of season.

So, what are YOU doing in the spirit of Casey and Jesus Christ?

 

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Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Deuteronomy 11:19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Proverbs 4:3-4 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

Psalms 78:3-7 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

Deuteronomy 6:1-8 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.