From City To City
"Dave, do you have any traveling coming up? We were eating Mexican food in down town Midlothian. Skip and Marcie were visiting from Albuquerque. For many years Skip worked for Radio Bible Class and traveled widely. Now in his seventies, he wanted to check up on us to make sure we were still on mission.
Believers on the move and sharing the Good News.
Now Satan constantly whispers that all this going and telling others about Jesus is a bad thing. Everyone should be free to have their own faith, a personal thing that they discover for themselves. This advice would be fine if the Creator of the Universe hadn't told us from the beginning that He would send a great Savior who would deliver us from the curse of death and who actually came through on His promise. Since Easter is true, and if we've met the only person who beat death and who invites all who will trust Him to come and live with Him, then it's unethical to keep this unique Good News to ourselves.
Right at the initial stages of the Jesus movement, He not only taught His disciples with words, He anointed them with His power and then sent them out. Luke records how Jesus made His disciples actually do what He taught them.
"Now when He called the Twelve to Himself, He gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. Then He sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal illnesses. He said to them, 'Don't take anything with you for the journey. No rod, traveler's bag, bread, or silver! Not even two tunics. And when you enter a house, remain there until you depart. If some do not welcome you, leave that city and shake the dust from your feet as a witness against them.' So they departed and traveled from town to town proclaiming the Good News and healing everyone." - Luke 9:1-6
It's important to know where we’re at in the Story. Later in Acts Luke will describe how on Paul's missionary journeys they didn't go two by two, but as a larger missionary team. And they did take provisions. Luke's point is not for us to take this first mission of the Twelve during Jesus' earthly ministry as a paradigm for all our mission work. But one thing is clear. From the beginning, those who follow Jesus must quickly begin to share with others the incredible Good News they have received.
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