Before we jump into today’s Scripture reading, I want to share my plans for this summer. As I have discovered lately, the summer time is a very rough time for me – physically speaking. Over the past few weeks, I have struggled immensely. If I am not careful, that physical struggle is going to impact my spiritual life – meaning my quiet time. I need to make my Jesus time a serious priority – even when I find myself utterly exhausted.
Earlier this year, I begun studying the New Testament. Then, I got off course when between kids and chronic illness. Well, I am going to try and reignite my engagement with this choice method of study. I cannot predetermined to make this a daily study. But, I want to utilize this pursuit of the New Testament as a way to meet Jesus. To enjoy my God. To enjoy His will for our lives.
Today’s Scripture Reading
Read: Matthew 10:1-15
The Good News
Today, I have been reminded of what the Good News (the Gospel) truly is. We find Jesus pouring into the crowd saying and doing what really matters.
“Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all. Large crowds followed him wherever he went… (Mt. 4:23-25a)”
This puts us in the proper frame work for what Jesus is talking about today. The crowds saw where Jesus went, and followed Him. They brought their affliction, and were healed. They brought to Jesus the truth that they were spiritually dead and He would eventually heal them – through Jesus’ death and resurrection (see Mt. 27-28).
Jesus showed these men the truth about the power of God. They were given this breath-taking glimpse of what God can do in our lives, when we surrender our lives fully to Him. This is why later in Romans 6, we are encouraged to – “give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life (Rom. 6:13b).”
Jesus has lovingly taught us the essence of the Gospel. It is to be reconciled to God. And, the joy is – we can bring people with us.
The Christian Faith Leaders
This is the place where the Christian faith leaders are given a sweet taste of what it looks like to follow Jesus the Christ. Even Judas was given this opportunity.
I want to ask why Jesus would allow someone like Judas the opportunity to have “authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.”
But if I ask why concerning Judas, I risk missing the grace of God. Because, we are no better than Judas was – in reality. We are sinners, saved by the grace of God.
God has chosen us not because of our good works, because of His love for us. He filled every gap that kept us away from Him due to the penalty of sin.
God lovingly chooses people like you and me to come near to Him and know the power of God. Jesus Christ is full of grace and truth (see Jo. 1:17).
This is the only answer we ought to need, because we are no better (or different) than the heart of someone like Judas.
The Grace of God
Based on the grace of God and the sweet fellowship these men experienced with Jesus, they were called to “go”. Jesus called them to… go and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with fellow Jews who were lost and in need of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ.
‘Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep (vv. 5-6).”‘
Sharing the Good News
“Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day (vv. 11-15).”
As we share the Good News of Jesus Christ, we are encouraged to find those who are worthy of hearing the Gospel. We need to find those who are willing to hear the Gospel. The only instrument we need in sharing the Gospel is Jesus Himself. We don’t need to over-analyze or bring extra gear “just in case”. We just need Jesus Himself.
We just need to be drenched in the ever-loving grace of Jesus Christ, which is what happens every time we come to Him.
Our job is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, so others can respond to their Creator who gives them life. The same Gospel is found throughout the pages of the Bible. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world awaiting for us to finally come to Him and accept His invitation for new life.
We just need to come to Jesus, and bring our friends with us.
How has God taught you His Good News?
How has He shown you His design of grace?