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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
• 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.