Luke 10

Luke 10 gives us the plan Jesus has to reach the world – 2 by 2 evangelism.  He appointed 72 others and sent them out in pairs to spread the good news.  “The Lord appointed  seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go”.  John the Baptist was tasked with preparing the way of the Lord originally, but now, Jesus sends out groups of two into every town and place he is planning to go.  That was quite a group of preparers, but Jesus is kicking his ministry into high gear.

Why?  He makes it clear.  “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are fewTherefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest”.  That hasn’t changed.  The harvest today is still plentiful – but we get so busy living our own lives and caught up in the chaos of the world that we don’t share the Good News with those in our patch.  Jesus warns his disciples: “Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves”.   The world was a rough place back then, and it is no different today.  The enemy wants to destroy all Christ Followers, whether we’re doing the work of the ministry or not.

Jesus makes it clear that like the four kinds of soil that God’s Word can be sown upon, there are two kinds of towns that the disciples would encounter:

  1. “Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you
  2. But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near”.

As we share the Good News, we must never forget that we are not responsible for the response.  The harvest belongs to God.  Our job is to live our lives in a way that others can see Jesus in us, and to speak the Good News to those we come across in a way they can understand it.  It is up to them as to their response.  We will not see everyone receive it with joy.  But that isn’t what we are tasked with.  We are to go and share!

Jesus is asked a very important question – maybe the most important question of all that each of us need to know the answer to.  “Teacher, what shall I do to  inherit eternal life”?  A simple question, but profound in its impact.  Eternity is a very long time.  We need to know, with confidence and assurance, the answer to that question for our life.  Jesus told the man “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself”.  The two great commandments where Jesus summarizes all the law down to these things.  Unfortunately, we all fall short.  That’s why we need Jesus.  Christ alone is the way to eternal life.  There is no other path!

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