Matt. 10: Jesus Commissions His Apostles
Sent Out to Preach the Gospel of the Kingdom
In today’s lesson, Jesus commissions His apostles to go preach the gospel of the Kingdom. I am sure there was a degree of fear and trepidation as they scattered throughout the nation of Israel to preach on Jesus’ behalf. They were not highly educated leaders of their communities, nor trained orators with years of experience. But these men brought a message from the King. Jesus warned them of persecutions, but to not be afraid.
My Army Commission
Years ago, in the late 1970’s, I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army after completion of four years of college and numerous Army ROTC training courses during that time. The previous summer I had successfully completed twelve weeks of Army Airborne (parachute) training and Army Ranger School. After graduation from college, I attended another three months of Engineer Officer Basic Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. My first assignment was in Alaska where I would start out as a platoon leader with a Combat Engineer platoon in the 172nd Light Infantry Brigade.
Even after all that training, when reporting to your unit and taking charge of a platoon of 44 combat engineers, there are moments of concern when you assume such responsibility. It isn’t long before the rigors of military life and the decision-making responsibilities as an officer cause your stress levels to spike. But as you rely on your training and work as a team with other officers and non-commissioned officers, you gain confidence, particularly as the job gets done and the mission gets accomplished. No doubt Jesus’ apostles faced their own doubts, fears and uncertainties. And their message was rejected by many, particularly the religious leaders of the day. But when they returned, you can still sense their excitement as they convey their successes in fulfilling their commission.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Our Commission as Christians
If you are a follower of Jesus, you too are commissioned to go out and preach the gospel of the Kingdom. It is not just pastors and missionaries who have a calling and a commission, we all do. They way you live your life, your words, your actions, all of it is your way of communicating the gospel wherever you live, work and play. If your actions are consistent with the Christian way of life (see the Sermon on the mount for details!), then your words will have great effect when you speak of the gospel of Jesus. So spend time in God’s Word, in prayer, in fellowship with other Christians to prepare yourself. Then let your words and your actions grace others who don’t yet know Christ.
P.S. – Expect Rejection, Even Persecution
When Jesus’ apostles went out to spread the gospel of the kingdom, many rejected their message. And while many responded positively, many more rejected Jesus and His message. Ultimately, Jesus was put to death on the cross. No surprise then, that even today people are imprisoned, tortured, and even killed just for being Christians and sharing their faith. Many more of us face more subtle forms of persecution in the form of job discrimination, being passed over for promotions, and intimidation by those opposed to the Christian faith. Yes, as a devout Christian, you too will be rejected by many. But even so, like Jesus’ apostles, your joy will be unlimited and eternal as you do your part to fulfill your great commission from Jesus. CLICK HERE to listen to today’s lesson.
Get Plugged Into God’s Plan Today
If you are uncertain of your standing with God, then go to Him right now to start your eternal relationship with Him. His free gift of eternal life and sanctification in Christ is there for the asking. Once you have taken that first step of salvation, our study in Matthew will get you well on your way to a loving and lasting relationship with the Almighty God who is seeking your friendship. He will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13) and help you become and do all He has in store for you.
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