Summary of the Sermon by Jason Wong, Chairman of the Board of Focus of the Family Singapore
Word becomes Flesh – Transforming the Marketplace
(The Word became flesh)
Jason Wong was born to a large family and he was the 7th child.
Jason Wong came from a non-Christian background and in his first prayer, he prayed to the God he didn’t know. He asked what do you want me to be. His second prayer took place in a cinema. In the movie, a man was speaking to God that if he could swim to the nearest shore, he would go to church. Then Jason decided to pray to God and told God that if He gave him a scholarship, he would go to church. When, Jason got his A level results, he got very good results and was offered a government scholarship. He applied for psychology but he was offered economics and he decided to accept the offer to go to Australia.
In Australia, Jason joined Overseas Student Fellowship and in his first year in university, he joined the bible camp and became a Christian.
In John 1:1-18, the bible speaks about God became man – Lord Jesus.
The world is full of darkness, lies
Wherever Jesus goes there is Truth, there is Light,
When we read and apply the Word of God, the Word of God becomes flesh in us, and wherever we go we become the light of God, the salt and light of God.
Jason spent 24 years in the public service in which he spent 17 years serving in the prison services.
As he was doing his quiet moment one day, God impressed upon him the verses from Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free.”
The yellow ribbon which was a program to help Unlock the Second Prison (where many prisoners were rejected by the society once the came out from prison) was an initiative born of God and the glory be unto Him alone.
Sometime later, God impressed a verse to Jason’s heart in Malachi 4:5-6, “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
That verse started off the “Dads for Life” initiative in Singapore.
One verse spark one revival. God works in miraculous ways!
Jason asked himself how could he bring the Word of God into his work place especially in the government?
God gave Jason the following verses:-
Luke 4:18 (setting the captives free)
Matthew 25:36 (visiting the King in prison)
Luke 23:43 (Jesus ministering to the criminal at the cross with Him)
Jason did not have it easy when he chose the prison services as he received opposition. His mother was worried with his physical condition as he was skinny. His future
father in law was worried that he might get bullied as he is so honest.
What led Jason to go to the prison services was the dream he got during a camp - Rubbish Dream (1994). God reminded him that one day, he will worship God together with prisoners. 10 years later indeed, he was worshipping in the prison, Tanah Merah together with prisoners. A testimony from the prison where Jason was the deputy director then, was talking to a HIV prisoner who saw dark shadows in his cell. He taught him how to pray, to cast it in the Name of Jesus. He did, and it worked. Some days later, when Jason met the prisoner, he led the prisoner to receive Jesus as his Saviour. Jabez, a drug addict was a chef in the prison. He received Christ in the bible fellowship in prison. After his released, he started bak kut teh eating place and today he has even a fellowship in his restaurant!
Mr Chua Chin Kiat, Director of Prisons (1998-2007) encouraged Jason with the following quote, “Faith energises, Fear paralyzes.” That gave courage to Jason to serve God with courage and strength.
Prison officers were later known as “Captains of Lives” and at one point of time, it was the top eight placed to work in Singapore! In prison, the officers are trained to look for the sparkle and not just the flaw of the prisoners. That helped those prisoners to be able to break free from their 2nd prison where they can find acceptance in the society for something that they are good at (look at Jabez). There was a declining recidivism rate (46% to 25%).
One God asked Jason, “How far are you willing to go?” Jason answered, “All the way!” Then God said, “Wash their feet.” Some years later, the washing of feet happened in one of the Chapel Service. He washed the prisoners’ feet and called them brothers and it sparked a revival of faith in prison as there was a reconciliation between prison officers and prisoners. A testimony of one of the prisoners, Robin was mentioned in the book “Trash of Society”. We can offer others second chance because we have received second chance by God.
We all have The Word of God in us and let the Word become flesh and help us to be salt and light for God wherever we are.