Summary: Part 3:The Great Commission - The Ministry of Jesus Christ, and the True Gospel of Jesus Christ, for there is no other name by which you are saved.
The Great Commission
Part 3 – Jesus Travels through Galilee
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
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Jesus has just finished the Sermon on the Mount. He and his Disciples and Apostles begin to travel from Galilee to Capernaum.
On the way they ran into the Centurions servants, where Jesus heals one of them.
He then has dinner in a Pharisees home where He was anointed by a sinful woman who had repented.
Jesus then returns to Galilee preaching along the way.
Luke 8:1 – 3 The Gospel
“1 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”
INTRODUCTION TO SERMON
Jesus, the Disciples and Apostles, left Capernaum and the home of the Pharisee where Jesus was anointed by the sinful woman who repented, and they traveled back to Galilee and Jesus preached the Good News.
As we work towards the Great Commission given to us by Christ, you will se many examples that He has lived for us, so that we may know what we are to do.
He did not simply command from on High and watch.
He came, and lived what He asks us to live.
Then He went to prepare a place for us, and while He is there, we have the Holy Spirit residing within us to strengthen us for our task.
I. GO AND PREACH THE GOOD NEWS
a. The Great Commission by example
Matthew 28:18 – 20
“And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All the 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 Spirit: Teaching them to obey all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world, Amen.”
Why did Jesus have all the power (or authority)?
When did Jesus say this to the Apostles? 40 days after He rose from the dead.
It’s because He paid the debt of mankind, that authority was restored to Him.
That authority was taken from man because of the fall.
Because of the Cross, sin no longer ruled over those who belonged to the Kingdom through Jesus Christ.
b. Go into all the World
Jesus, as He commanded the Apostles in the Great commission, says, Go ye therefore into all the world.
We see that is exactly what Jesus did in our scripture reading today.
Every village and every town, all the way back to Galilee.
His love for the lost was not hindered by their unbelief, nor their hatred.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
c. Proclaim the Good News
What was the Good News? The Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is;
A. Why we need the Good News of Jesus Christ?
a. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God - Romans 3:23
b. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:8
c. know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. – Galatians 2:16
B. What is the cost of sin?
a. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord - Romans 6:23
b. Not just death of our un-redeemable flesh, but an eternal death for our everlasting souls. For this reason, Gehenna was created, as a place to hold the everlasting souls of those who do not belong to the Kingdom of God.
C. When do we pay the debt we owe?
a. Remember the parable in Luke 7 about the debt that could not be paid that was cancelled? Jesus has cancelled our debt.
b. This debt will be collected on Judgment Day. If you have not accepted the FREE gift from Jesus Christ, then you still owe your debt.
c. If you do not belong to the Lord, you will have to pay your debt, which is, eternity in Gehenna.
D. How do we RECEIVE the FREE gift?
a. Confess that you sin against God. You OWE a debt.
b. Repent of that sin. Turn away from, stop doing it!
i. Do you truly wanting forgiveness if you continue living in sin?