“Jesus’ Plan of Reaching the World”

It was in Bethlehem that the Son of God was born.  He was born a tiny baby in a tiny manger in a tiny town.  That boy Jesus grew up and became a man.  At the age of thirty He chose twelve disciples and began His public ministry.
 
For three years Jesus preached, taught, and healed.  Large crowds, sometimes in the thousands, gathered around Him.  The scriptures tell us that after His death and resurrection He walked this earth for another forty days continuing His earthly ministry.  Yet surprisingly, even after all of that, His earthly ministry only yielded about one hundred and twenty believers.  You could have literally fit every single one of them into our chapel here at Faith UMC.
 
But the thing we have to remember is that it was never Jesus’ plan to reach the entire world through those three plus years of public ministry.  In John 17:6, 18-21 Jesus is praying to His Heavenly Father and this is what He says, “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.  They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.  My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

 

You see, it is through the message of Christ’s followers that the world will believe in Him.  We are His voice.  We are His P.R. representatives.  We are His hands and we are His feet.  It was Jesus who gave His life for us and now we are called to share and live that message so that the world will know and believe.

 

In Christ’s Peace,                           Pastor John         


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