What are the Implications?

Posted: May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

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At the end of Luke 4 Jesus is preparing to depart from Capernaum, a city of Galilee. He has had a fruitful ministry there, but He is about to go somewhere else. The people press Him to remain with them, and Jesus says, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”

Over the last few years as the church I served worked in Mali, sometimes I would hear someone ask, “Aren’t there lost people here in our community? Why do we need to spend thousands of dollars and fly hundreds of miles to go somewhere else?” So consider this statement of Jesus in Luke 4. What are the implications of the words of Jesus for the church today.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus speaks of being His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Some folks act like that is a sequential process. When we finish in Jerusalem, we can move out to the surrounding area of Judea, and when that is complete we can move on to Samaria, and eventually to the ends of the earth. But there is nothing in that passage to suggest that is what Jesus had in mind. It is instead a simultaneous work. We are responsible for all.

God’s heart from Genesis 3 to the last chapter and last verse of the Revelation is that peoples of every tribe, every people group, every language, every kindred have access to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also.” He also said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” We must not keep the message to ourselves. We must carry it that all may hear.

  1. Brian Hutchens says:

    Just a note for any who might see this. Spending thousands of dollars to send people to bring the Gospel message into all the world would be a non issue if all Christians gave 10% of all their income. Church leaders would have abundant resources.

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