Day 20 - Sent Out
“And He called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” --Luke 9:1-2
Look at how closely telling people about the kingdom of God is related to an action that demonstrates the truth and power of that kingdom. Last week we studied how Jesus coming to earth ushered in His authority which is actively overthrowing the evil that once held power here. As followers of Christ we are empowered to take part in that activity with the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a disciple and an apostle? Here it is. As we studied yesterday, a disciple is one who follows; an apostle is one who is sent out to do the things the leader taught. Each one of us as Christ’s followers are commanded in the Bible to go into the world to preach this good news to those who need to hear it, as well as to do the things Jesus did and taught. Jesus could have easily mandated that the whole world instantly follow Him, then miraculously, He could have made it so. Instead, He desires that His followers take part in this work with Him. Generously, Jesus allows His people and His church to work along side the Holy Spirit to do this kingdom work.
Read this command in Matthew 28:18-20.