“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34
In our last lesson on divine missions, we were told who a missionary is so that we do not begin to have a wrong idea about him. Missionaries are people with a call. They are special. It is interesting to note that Jesus our Lord was a missionary. May the Spirit of the Lord open our hearts as we study, in Jesus’ name.
JESUS AS A MISSIONARY
The most important aspect of the definition of a missionary is that a higher authority sent Jesus. Jesus said it several times that He was sent by the Father whom He said is greater than Him – John 7:16, John 9:4, John 3:17, John 17:4. Jesus mentioned the fact that His father sent Him, forty three times in the Gospel of John as well as in the other Gospels. The purpose of this sending was that the world might be saved.
Another thing about a missionary is that his work usually requires a change in location as well as culture. Jesus left Heaven, a different place, with a different culture, different language and a different people to come to this earth that is different in every way to Heaven so that we would know and serve the true God. He came to provide us with salvation and reconcile us to God – John 8:23; John 5:33-38; Acts 26:16-18; Luke 19:10.
He taught publicly and ministered to the crowd. He taught both Jews and Gentiles such as the Samaritan woman in John 4 who recognised Him as the Saviour of the world. He met the Syro-pheonician woman (Matt. 15:21-28), the Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13), healed the possessed man and other people in Decapolis (Matthew 5:1-20; Matthew 7:31-37.)
Those Gentiles put their faith in Him as He helped them. He first sent them to the Jews and later to all nations. This is cross-cultural missions – Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 10:5-7. We must teach, preach and heal. We must be ready to suffer in order to take the Gospel to those not yet reached who are lost. We must complete His work by taking the news to them – Matthew 4:23.
JESUS AS A SENDER OF MISSIONARIES
Jesus was not only a missionary but also sends out missionaries to all the nations of the world to preach the good news. Jesus, during His ministry on earth, said the good news about Him would be preached to the whole world. This did not materialise until His resurrection from the dead. Before He went back to Heaven, He commissioned all His disciples in what is generally known as, ”The Great Commission” to take the Gospel to all the nooks and crannies of the earth. We all are His disciples and therefore should be fully involved in carrying out His instructions – Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:45-49; John 20:21-22; Acts 1 :8.
This instruction was given at various times. It was given on the resurrection day, as recorded by Mark, Luke and John, on the mount of Olives before His ascension and on the mount of Galilee as recorded by Matthew. This instruction was so important to Jesus that He had to give it more than once. He also gave Paul a similar call in Acts 26:16-18. The prayer of Jesus in John 17:18 clearly shows that sending people out was part of what Christ was sent to do.
We cannot afford to disobey the Lord in this regard. If He takes it seriously, we must also.
1. Why did Jesus repeat the instructions to preach to all nations several times?
2. Apart from Jesus and Paul, name three other missionaries in the New Testament.
-We must be ready always to do God’s work with our whole heart.
- People go to hell everyday in large numbers. Let us rescue them.
- Before you tell others about Christ, Christ must be in you.
- To make peace between God and man, this is our work.
-No matter what we may be going through, going back is not the best option.
- Christ must be the reason for anything we do.
- Let us do the word that we may see the Lord.
Thank You Jesus!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Pastor E A Adeboye With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your son Pastor Yemi Osinbajo With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Mr Donald Trump With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Reuven Rivlin With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
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