Adoniram Judson, Jr. His father Adoniram Judson, Sr. His mother Abigail Brown Judson took care of his studies and taught him to read at a young age. He was sharp, meritorious and brilliant in his studies since his childhood days. During his graduation days, Adoniram Judson met Jacob Eames, a skeptic, and persuasive unbeliever.
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Then he adds this: "Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life" John In other words, a fruitful life and an eternal life come from this: dying like a seed and hating your life in this world. To put it more plainly and specifically, God designs that the suffering of his ministers and missionaries is one essential means in the joyful triumphant spread of the gospel among all the peoples of the world. The position we are now in with regard to world evangelization.
The pain of Adoniram Judson as an illustration of the truth. A plea to you to be a part of what Judson and Christ died for. The invincible purpose of God is that "the gospel of the glory of Christ" 2 Corinthians spread to all the peoples of the world and take root in God-centered, Christ-exalting churches. This was the promise of the Old Testament: "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. Psalm It was the promise of Jesus to his disciples: "And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Jesus said to his disciples as he sent them out: "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. That is what Paul expected, because that is what Jesus promised. Jesus continues: " Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them eis marturion autoi and the Gentiles" Matthew Notice that the witness before governors and kings is not a mere result or consequence, but a design.
Jesus answers: "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household? It was the central strategy of his mission. It was the ground of his accomplishment. Jesus calls us to join him on the Calvary road, to take up our cross, and to hate our lives in this world, and fall into the ground like a seed and die, that others might live.
We are not above our Master. When the martyrs cried out to Christ from under the altar in heaven, "How long till you judge and avenge our blood? Revelation Martyrdom is not the mere consequence of radical love and obedience; it is the keeping of an appointment set in heaven for a certain number: "Wait till the number of martyrs is complete who are to be killed.
And not many illustrate this better than Adoniram Judson. The position we are in now at the beginning of the 21st century is one that cries out for tremendous missionary effort and great missionary sacrifice. For the first time we can see clearly what is left to be done.
There are about 12, ethnolinquistic peoples in the world. About 3, of these have, on average, 1. That means that that we must go to these peoples with the gospel, and it will be dangerous and costly. Some of us and some of our children will be killed. When Adoniram Judson entered Burma in July, it was a hostile and utterly unreached place. William Carey had told Judson in India a few months earlier not to go there. It probably would have been considered a closed country today - with anarchic despotism, fierce war with Siam, enemy raids, constant rebellion, no religious toleration.
All the previous missionaries had died or left. He was 24 years old and he worked there for 38 years until his death at age 61, with one trip home to New England after 33 years.
The price he paid was immense. He was a seed that fell into the ground and died. Of course there were others besides Adoniram Judson - hundreds of others over time. But they too came and gave away their lives. Most of them died much younger than Judson. They only serve to make the point. The astonishing fruit in Myanmar today has grown in the soil of the suffering and death of many missionaries, especially Adoniram Judson.
My question is, if Christ delays his return another two hundred years - a mere fraction of a day in his reckoning - which of you will have suffered and died so that the triumphs of grace will be told about one or two of those 3, peoples who are in the same condition today that the Karen and Chin and Kachins and Burmese were in ?
May God use his powerful word and the life of Adoniram Judson to stir many of you to give your lives to this great cause! Adoniram Judson "hated his life in this world" and was a "seed that fell into the ground and died. Therefore his life bore much fruit and he lives to enjoy it today and forever. He would, no doubt, say: It was worth it.
Judson was a Calvinist, but did not wear his Calvinism on his sleeve. He said, "If I had not felt certain that every additional trial was ordered by infinite love and mercy, I could not have survived my accumulated sufferings. For example, Ann, who married Judson on February 5, and left with him on the boat on February 19 at age 23, bore three children to Adoniram.
All of them died. The first baby, nameless, was born dead just as they sailed from India to Burma. The second child, Roger Williams Judson, lived 17 months and died.
The third, Maria Elizabeth Butterworth Judson, lived to be two, and outlived her mother by six months and then died. When her second child died, Ann Judson wrote, "Our hearts were bound up with this child; we felt he was our earthly all, our only source of innocent recreation in this heathen land.
But God saw it was necessary to remind us of our error, and to strip us of our only little all. O, may it not be vain that he has done it. And all things come from his hand for the good - the incredibly painful good - of his children.
A second source of this confidence was the Bible. Judson was a lover of the Word of God. The main legacy of his 38 years in Burma was a complete translation of the Bible into Burmese and a dictionary that all the later missionaries could use. A true disciple inquires not whether a fact is agreeable to his own reason, but whether it is in the book. His pride has yielded to the divine testimony.
Teacher, your pride is still unbroken. Break down your pride, and yield to the word of God. It is a remarkable story. He was a brilliant boy. His mother taught him to read in one week when he was three to surprise his father when he came home from a trip. By the time Judson was finished he had no Christian faith.
He kept this concealed from his parents until his 20th birthday, August 9, , when he broke their hearts with his announcement that he had no faith and that he intended to go to New York and learn to write for the theater - which he did six days later on a horse his father gave him as part of his inheritance. He attached himself to some strolling players, and, as he said later, lived "a reckless, vagabond life, finding lodgings where he could, and bilking the landlord where he found opportunity.
He went to visit his uncle Ephraim in Sheffield, but found there, instead "a pious young man" who stunned him by being firm in his Christian convictions without being "austere and dictatorial. The next night he stayed in a small village inn where he had never been before. The innkeeper apologized that his sleep might be interrupted because there was a man critically ill in the next room.
Through the night he heard comings and goings and low voices and groans and gasps. It bothered him to think that the man next to him may not be prepared to die. He wondered about himself and had terrible thoughts of his own dying. When he was leaving in the morning he asked if the man next door was better. Judson was struck with the finality of it all.
On his way out he asked, "Do you know who he was? Young man from the college in Providence. Name was Eames, Jacob Eames. He stayed there for hours pondering the death of his deist friend. If his friend Eames were right, then this was a meaningless event. But Judson could not believe it: "That hell should open in that country inn and snatch Jacob Eames, his dearest friend and guide, from the next bed - this could not, simply could not, be pure coincidence.
But now it was sure. God was on his trail, like the apostle Paul in the Damascus road, and there was no escape. There were months of struggle. He entered Andover Seminary in October, and on December 2 made solemn dedication of himself to God. The fire was burning for missions at Andover and at Williams College the haystack prayer meeting had taken place in August of , near Williams College, and two from there had come to Andover. On June 28, Judson and others presented themselves to the Congregationalists for missionary service in the East.
He met Ann that same day and fell in love. After knowing Ann Hasseltine for one month he declared his intention to become a suitor, and wrote to her father the following letter: I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death.
Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left is heavily home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteous, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Savior from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?
She wrote to her friend Lydia Kimball: I feel willing, and expect, if nothing in Providence prevents, to spend my days in this world in heathen lands. Yes, Lydia, I have about, come to the determination to give up all my comforts and enjoyments here, sacrifice my affection to relatives and friends, and go where God, in his Providence, shall see fit to place me.
After a time in India they chose to risk Rangoon and arrived there July 13,
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Ann H. Judson of Burma by E. Published by Christian Literature Crusade, See more recommended Missionary biographies. Ann Hasseltine Judson : Teacher, translator, author and first missionary wife of Adoniram Judson, she was the first American woman missionary to go overseas. Born December 22, , in Bradford, Massachusetts, Ann became a Christian at sixteen, studied at Bradford Academy, and taught school for several years. Married Adoniram on February 5, , and within a few days they began a four month ocean journey with some other missionaries on the brig "Caravan" bound for Calcutta, India.
Adoniram Judson — Biographies and Information
Born in Massachusetts in Helped form the American Baptist Missionary Union. In completed a translation of the whole Bible into the Burmese language. During the Anglo-Burmese War, he spent twenty-one months in prison. From , after thirty-four years in Burma, he took his only furlough to his native land. Returning to Burma, he spent his remaining years working on his English-Burmese dictionary. He died in and was buried at sea.
Adoniram Judson biography
Adoniram Judson was born in Malden, Mass. He entered the sophomore class of Brown University at the age of In , uncertain about a permanent vocation, he began a short tour of the North. He entered Andover Seminary in but did not announce his ministerial intentions until Influenced by contemporary romantic sentiments for preaching to the heathen, Judson joined other youthful seminarians in forming the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions In the board dispatched him to seek joint missionary action with the London Missionary Society. On his return to Boston he convinced the board to proceed without British aid.