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Getting The Word Out


Matthew 10  (Read 5-8)

When you get to chapter 10 here Jesus has been “going about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.”

Well, look at verse 1 of chapter 10: And having summoned His twelve disciples…

Jesus has always turned to His disciples to get the “good news” of His kingdom out…and it is no different today.

First, notice in verse 7 what the disciples were to preach…they were to preach, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Now, just think about all the different things the disciples could have spent their time preaching about.

And it is the same with us today…there are so many things we could preach about in our world today.

We could preach all kinds of things but what is it that Jesus has commissioned us to do: “Go and make disciples…baptizing them…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

 So the disciples were sent to preach the kingdom of heaven….we are to go and make disciples…or followers of Christ…we are to preach the gospel to all creation and not get sidetracked on all these other issues.

I also want you to notice from Matthew 10: 5 that the assignment to preach belonged to every disciple.

A baseball team went out to play a game of baseball. Just as the umpire was saying, “Batter up!” the catcher for the home team arrived and took his place behind the plate.

Like a baseball team, we as disciples’ of Christ can’t effectively do what we are to do unless everyone does their part.

Notice verse 8 again. The disciples were sent to “heal the sick.”

 Now, we as disciples’ of Christ are not able to heal in the same sense that the apostles were able to heal.

And look at the very end of verse 8. Why in the world would any one accept the commission that Jesus has placed upon us?

As disciples’ of Christ we have been commissioned by our Lord to “go and make disciples of all nations.”

But now, as you go forth on your mission assignment you need to learn some other things here from Matthew 10. Look at vs. 14: And whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet.

There are going to be people who will not listen.

Not only will there be people who don’t want to listen to our message but some people will be combative…look at verse 17:  “But beware of men; for they will deliver you up to the courts, and scourge you in their synagogues; 18 and you shall even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

 And when they persecute you…look at verse 28-30:  And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 “Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Jesus has always depended on His disciples to “get the word out” and it is obvious that people need to hear it.

Justice of the Peace: Committed suicide…”better off.” No, he is not! But that is what most people think.

And we need to be talking to our friends, our family, the people we come in contact to about the death, burial, and crucifixion of Christ…not in a smug way…not in an arrogant way…but with love and grace…reassuring them that salvation can be theirs if they will repent and come to Christ.