Summary: If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then your life long mission is to share this message with others.
Purpose: Proclamation #2
Sharing Your Life Message
For some today’s message may be a contentious issue ... It is my belief that essentially we are called to “convert” or “proselytize” people.
Now you will hear people say ... “should we even tell other people what they should believe?” “Should we impose our beliefs on other people?”
The answer to that question depends on your answer to the question, “who is Jesus.”
If Jesus is a good teacher of moral law ... then your answer might be that no, it is not our place to convert people
If however you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then your life long mission is to share this message with others.
In Luke’s gospel account:
First nine chps deal with the question, “who is Jesus?”
There is however a shift around chp. 9 which continues for the next few chps which says that, if Jesus is the Son of God, the divine Son from heaven, how should we live our life?
The general answer is that we should be disciples or radical Christian living
Starting in chap 10 of Luke, what this means is spelled out. How does a disciple live out their life in Christ Jesus?
As we discovered last time we talked on this that disciples have a mission
We are “Made for a Mission”
Mission = “to be sent”
We are sent to “proclaim”
Speak out, declare or make known
What do we proclaim? “Our belief in Jesus”
Tim Keller says “Disciples are messengers. Every disciple of Jesus is given a message to publicly communicate, urging everyone to believe it.”
So how should we do that? How do we do that? ...
READ: Luke 10:1
This is a similar story to the one I read last time in chapter 9. On that occasion Jesus only sent out his disciples (the future leaders of the church) to preach cast out demons and heal the sick. Those were things that Jesus did.
Preach = persuading of the truth
Cast out demons = liberate people’s souls from what is enslaving them
Heal the sick = mend bodies and community
Jesus gave the power and authority to these three things:
Permission and the Resources
If the story ended there one could be forgiven for believing that the responsibility for the doing those things falls on the clergy (those ordained/appointed for service in the Church).
But we have this account in Luke 10 where Jesus appointed seventy two others to do the same things ahead of Jesus
The number 72 is symbolic of something ... but what? Ancient readers and commentators know:
In the Gk translation of the Hebrew Bible the “Septuagint”
In Genesis 10 you have what is called the “The Table of Nations” – A list of all the nations on the face of the earth, there were 72.
This is Jesus’ way of saying, “it not just the 12 disciples ... it is not just the clergy that I send ... it is EVERYBODY ... everybody is sent with a message.”
Tim Keller “A disciple is someone who is called, ‘radically in.’ You don’t just know God from a far, you know him intimately ... to experience closeness to God through Christ – Intimacy to be healed to be blessed.”
At the same time Jesus says this he says, “I call you radically out – I send you out.” So what does that mean? What is Jesus implying?