Humpty Dumpty Evangelism

Humpty Dumpty, an English nursery rhyme, is a wonderful tool for sharing the gospel.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.”

First, Humpty was a rebellious egg. After all, what is an egg-like creature doing on a wall? He must have been told by his mama not to play on that wall, or else he might fall and break. So, in rejecting her wisdom and following his own way, Humpty ultimately fell.

“Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.”

Second, Humpty represents the human condition. This reminds us of Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve “fell” in their rebellion against God’s wisdom and authority. And the fall was great. Their hopes of eternal joy were shattered into pieces. And there was nothing even the most powerful among mankind could do to help them, Humpty or me.

“And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

Third, Humpty’s only hope, and ours, is that someone would come and “take the fall” for us. That is where Jesus enters the picture—not falling off of a wall, but hanging on a cross, taking the legal and cosmic justice that our rebellion required. Having a substitute to take my place is how Humptys like me are put back together again as the righteousness of God and as a son or daughter with the hope of a restored eternal joy.

That’s Humpty Dumpty Evangelism. Simple enough for a child, yet profound enough for a professor.

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