7645 - Sent Out

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Every Christian is called by the Lord to a task, including the twelve apostles.

Let’s look at Luke’s record of Jesus sending out the twelve apostles to serve and minister to people.

Let’s read Luke 9:1-6.

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: "Take nothing for the journey --no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that town, as a testimony against them."

So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.

This missionary journey occurred as a part of the teaching and training effort which Jesus is imparting to his disciples. There is perhaps just over a year before Jesus will be crucified.

Other than knowing that Judas Iscariot is the one who will betray Jesus, and having read the passages referring to Peter, John and James we know very little about these twelve men. However, they have to be men in which Jesus saw strength, faith and great promise. After all, Jesus, through the Father, could read these men like a book. He could penetrate their hearts. He also knew that Judas was the one who would be used by Satan to betray Jesus.

Matthew and Mark both indicate these apostles were paired by twos; however, we are given no indication who was together.

For months these men had lived with Jesus, observing his actions, listening to his teachings. They had seen numerous sick people made well, diseased people cleansed, demon spirits driven from people whose life had been miserable. They had even seen Jesus raise the dead.

Now they were to take a step up. First, Jesus gave them power and authority. Power is spiritual ability — Jesus equipped them to be able to do what he commanded.

Second, authority is the right to exercise the power, which he’s placed within them. Now they had authority over the spirit world, over illness and disease, and Matthew tells us Jesus also gave them power and authority to raise the dead.

They had seen this power coming from Jesus, now it resided in them.

In verse two Jesus tells these men to do two things. He sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. Notice the first priority was to teach the good news of the Kingdom of God. Then, as now, multitudes of people had no spiritual insight. They did not know why there were here on earth. They did not know where they were headed in eternity. They had trouble answering the question, “What does God want from me?” Jesus sends out the twelve to add their voices to His own voice in proclaiming the good news.

The power of their healing acts, and releasing people from evil spirits verified that this was indeed the work of God. After all, mere men cannot perform miracles. That’s the message when God’s miraculous power is demonstrated.

Their physical preparation was to be minimal. They were to take no baggage, no supplies, nor any money. They were to depend upon the heavenly Father’s supply for every need.

The people who saw and heard these apostles could not mistake them as beggars. Beggars carried bags, and had a begging attitude. These men were there to “give” — they were giving away the great plan of God to those who would hear.

If people did not listen and receive the message the apostles were to shake the dust from their feet as a testimony against the hard hearted.

The Scripture says they covered a wide area as they preached the gospel and healed people everywhere. We can believe these men who reported back to Jesus what had occurred, had grown in their faith and in their vision.