I got to share a little bit last night from God’s Word. I was the last in a series of men to speak from a section in the All About Jesus book (a harmony of the Gospels in an easy to read format). Our church has been using this tool as an aid in our year long quest to learn more about Jesus.
-If you are familiar with the opening section of Matthew 10 we see that Jesus sends out the 12 to preach.
-There message was that the kingdom of heaven was near: then they were commissioned to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons
-they were bringing healing and wholeness to the lost sheep of
-Jesus warns them that their mission wouldn’t be easy
-But Jesus’ words here extend beyond the 12, his words were meant for the later church as well. So what can we glean from our time together this evening?
- Sharing the good news will bring persecution
-Not everyone will receive the message with joy
-We will anger some and some of us may wind up in prison…
- The good news about the kingdom is a threat to established authority, whether it be religious authority, political authority even family authority.
-Notice in the text @ v. 17 the message of the kingdom, this in-breaking of God into our world and his demand for undivided loyalty to him alone is a threat to established religious authority (mention of trouble in the synagogue).
-Notice also in the text @ v. 18 the message of the kingdom, this in-breaking of God into our world and his demand for undivided loyalty to him alone is a threat to established political authority (mention of trouble from the governors and kings)
- God is faithful through persecutions, trials and suffering
-God doesn’t abandon us to walk through trials, suffering, or persecutions alone
-in v. 20 there are two words that set my heart at ease and that is “your father.” He claims us as his own when the world will not
-He takes notice of our suffering v. 28
- Persecution is a test of our commitment
-v. 22 standing firm until the end even in the face of strife in the family
-Our loyalty/commitment to Christ must be greater than to anyone else
- Guilty by Association
-Jesus tells us that all of this trouble we will endure is “on account of me.”
-Our association with Jesus makes us guilty
-But are we as Christians living in such a way that if we were on trial for our faith, would there be enough evidence to convict us of bring guilty of being a follower of Jesus?