Summary: Real Belief, Sharing Our Faith, Fear, Actions
I WILL – “I Will” Go
Matthew 28:18-20 (pg. 698) November 1, 2015
I have a really good friend named Mac that was a MASH helicopter pilot during Vietnam...Mac’s in his 70’s now...but he’s still as tough and good as they come. He used to have to drop that “Huey” (helicopter) into LZ’s (landing zones) that were barely big enough...and usually under fire so he could get wounded soldiers back to the MASH unit...bloody, shot up kids strapped to the sides of his helicopter...it was his mission to rescue them.
If you don’t know what a MASH unit is...I’ll show you...and many of you will remember this opening scene:
SHOW MASH OPENING SCENE
Although the TV show took place in Korea during the 1950’s, Mac did the same thing those pilots did...go get wounded soldiers and return them to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Vietnam.
Here’s my question...what if those Doctors and Nurses decided they wouldn’t go out to the battlefield...what if they decided that it would be safer and more comfortable for them to remain in their own cleaner, more sterile hospitals...and what if Mac and hundreds of other helicopter pilots had said, “I’m not flyin’ into the danger zone...“Are you crazy...why would I risk my own safety...my own life to rescue wounded people...if they can get to the hospital on their own...good...but don’t ask me to do it.”
What happens to the Church of Jesus Christ when it stops operating like a MASH unit in the field and becomes more like a country club where doctor’s play golf?
What happens to individual Christians who stop being Helicopter pilots who consider it their mission to rescue wounded people and instead stay in the coffee room talking about “flights they’ve made in the “past?”
Wounded people die.
Jesus’ Great Commission really is the mission for His Church. It’s given authoritatively from our Supreme Commander...and it’s to be the driving force for our existence.
“Go and make disciples of all people.”
How do I know that this is the exact same commission as “Go rescue wounded people?”
I know because of the One who gave me the order...the One who gave you this order...modeled our mission before He gave His commission...Luke 19:10 says “Jesus, the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”
So I guess it’s urgently important that those who claim to be His disciples answer a vital question...
I. DO WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIANS ARE LOST?
If we don’t answer this question first, there’s really no point in going further with this message.
You see we live in a world that continually stresses...“Don’t claim your way is the only way...don’t impose your beliefs on those who disagree.”
The world hates Christianity...and the world hates those who are seeking to rescue spiritually wounded people. Why? Jesus said, to His disciples...“I’m going back to my Father...to prepare a way for you to get there as well...there’s plenty of room for all of you there...if it weren’t the truth I’d have told you...you can’t go there now...but I’ll come back for you so I can bring you there myself...and we can be together...you know the way to get there! (John 14:1-6)