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Summary: Ambassadors: Representing the Lord – Luke chapter 10 verses 1-24 – sermon by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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• There Is A Call to Be Answered

• There Is A Consequence That Needs To Be Considered

• There Is A Joy That Needs To Be Tempered

• There Is A Grace That Needs To Be Remembered

• There Is A Privilege That Needs To Be Contemplated



• Edna Butterfield story:

• My husband, Ron, once taught a class of mentally impaired teenagers.

• Looking at his students’ capabilities rather than their limitations,

• Ron got them to play chess, restore furniture and repair electrical appliances.

• Most important, he taught them to ‘have faith’ that is to believe in themselves.

• One of the mentally impaired teenagers was a boy called Bobby;

• He soon proved how well he had learned that last lesson of faith.

• One day he brought in a broken toaster to repair.

• He arrived carrying the toaster tucked under one arm,

• And a half-loaf of bread under the other.


• That boy Bobby demonstrated an incredible trust in his teacher;

• Likewise the 12 disciples and the other disciples who followed Jesus.

• Were required to show an incredible trust in him.


• This event in Luke chapter 10 should not be confused with another similar event

• That we read about in Luke chapter 9.

• In Luke chapter 9 Jesus commissioned or sent out ONLY the 12 disciples.

• Here in Luke chapter 10 Jesus commissioned or sent out 72 of his followers.

• Now there are a number of similarities in both incidents;

• And this should be expected;

• After all it is the same master, who is sending out his followers to do the same basic job.

So there are similarities but there are also some important differences:

• The 12 disciples were sent out to minister in Galilee (north);

• But these 72 men were sent out to minister in Judea (south).

• And the men in this chapter are not called apostles;

• They were anonymous disciples N.I.V. ‘others’. K.J.B. ‘seventy also’.

• Anonymous disciples and yet they were true followers of Jesus;

• They were just not members of the inner-core,

• What we know as and refer to as the 12 disciples.

Now part of our calling as Christians (as disciples) is to go, to share, to evangelise!


• Some years ago, when missionaries were allowed to serve in China,

• A blind Chinese man was taken to a Christian mission hospital.

• The missionary doctor performed an operation;

• And removed cataracts from the man's eyes.

• Soon, the man was able to return to his home,

• He left the mission hospital rejoicing in his restored eyesight.

• A few weeks later the missionaries at the hospital;

• Saw the man coming back down the road toward them.

• But this time he was holding a rope to which forty other blind people were clinging.

• He was bringing them to the place where his sight had been restored.


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