Footnotes

10:3: NU omits “Lebbaeus, who was also called”

10:8: TR adds “raise the dead,”

§10:25: Literally, Lord of the Flies, or the devil

10:28: or, Hell.

10:29: An assarion is a small coin worth one tenth of a drachma or a sixteenth of a denarius. An assarion is approximately the wages of one half hour of agricultural labour.

*10:36: Micah 7:6

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The journey of following Jesus

In Matthew chapter 10, our LORD Jesus tells us everything about the journey of following Jesus and being sent out to serve God’s people.  The following are the truths about this journey. It is:

1. A journey of power, authority and miracles

Did you notice

Did you notice, that the first thing that Jesus did when He was preparing His twelve disciples, to send them out to serve, was to give them authority. (Matthew 10:1).

My child, if God is calling you into a ministry to serve His people, God will equip and empower you. You will find yourself walking a path where you will experience the power of the Holy Spirit and miracles will happen as you serve. As you serve, never try to use your human effort to make things happen (John 6:63). Always abide in Jesus and pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance (John 14:26, 15:7, 16:13-15).

2. A journey that every believer is called

Did you notice

Did you notice, that the second thing that was written was that, with the authority given, the disciples are to cast out the unclean spirits and to heal  every disease and every sickness (Matthew 10:1).

Many people thought that Jesus only commissioned believers to go into all the world and preach the good news to the people (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20) about what Jesus had done in redeeming mankind and giving eternal life to all who believes in Him.

 

Actually, together with this great commission, Jesus had given us the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that when we receive the Holy Spirit, we will have  power from heaven (Luke 24:49).

Why do you think God our Father wants to give us the Holy Spirit and to give us power from heaven? It is so that the healing and wonders that Jesus did when He walked on earth could continue. This is why Jesus said that anyone who believes in Him will do the same works that He had done and even greater works. This is also why we read in Acts that many signs and wonders were done through the apostles (Acts 2:43). As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by (Acts 5:15). God also gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles. When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled (Acts 19:11). Let the following scriptures convince you further of this calling and power from heaven that is made available to every believer who believes:

The Power from heaven for every believer

The following scriptures are promises spoken by Jesus:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.  You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.  Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”  (John 14:12-14)

These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” (Mark 16:17-18)

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” (Luke 24:49)

 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.” (John 16:14)

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.  This is my command: Love each other. ” (John 15:16)

Every believer has the Holy Spirit. Therefore every believer is called to do the works that Jesus did on earth — to tell the people about God, to pray and heal the sick, and to set the oppressed free. Jesus’ words will never return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). Therefore, when you serve the LORD, you are walking a journey with the LORD. You are walking a journey where you will see and experience many miracles.

3. A journey with a mission to reach out to the lost…

Did you noticeDid you notice that the third thing that was written — that Jesus told the disciple in this scripture that they were to go to the lost sheep of Israel ( Matthew 10:6). Note that Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24). However, after Jesus was resurrected, He commissioned His disciples to go into all nations to make disciples (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20). God’s heart was always to reach out to the lost. The first person to be healed was the man that was born lame (Acts 3:2-10). Many signs and wonders were performed through the apostles (Acts 2:43, 5:12). We read also in Acts that crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed (Acts 5:16). At Lystra, Paul healed a man who was born crippled from birth (Acts 14:8-10). While on the island of Malta, Paul laid hand on the  father of Publius, a leading citizen and he was healed of his fever and dysentery. After this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. (Acts 28:8-9).

The heart of Jesus

In Matthew 9:35, we read that Jesus went about all cities and villages preaching and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. In Matthew 9:36, we read that Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the people harrassed, weary and scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Then in Matthew 9:38, He told His disciples to pray for the Lord of harvest to send out labourers. Now in Matthew chapter 10, we read that Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to go and heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and cast out demons. That’s the heart of our LORD Jesus, He came to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free and to bind up the brokenhearted (Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1).

 

This is the heart of God. So regardless of what ministry God may call you to serve, know that our works should result in reaching out to the lost — the sick, the oppressed, the brokenhearted, the demon possessed, the weary, the harrassed, the outcast, the least…

4. A journey FULLY provisioned by God

Did you notice

Did you notice, that Jesus told the disciples not to take any gold, silver or brass in their money bag. In fact Jesus told them not to bring any bag nor extra coat. Jesus said ” …. for the labourer is worthy of his food.” (Matthew 10:10).

This scripture confirms that when we embark on the journey that God calls us, He will provide for  all our needs. You do not have to use your own human effort to sweat and earn to bring in the finance for God’s ministry. Sit back, pray, rest and watch God perform miracles right before your eyes. Do you know that this is part of the food that He fed His people? God wants us to grow in faith in Him. Hence, He will perform miracles so that you can grow in faith and in turn you can go forth to spread the good news and reach out to the lost.

5. A journey where we are bringing the peace of God

Did you notice

Did you notice, that Jesus said to identify someone in the city or village who is worthy and let your peace come on them? What is this peace?

First, when someone believes and receives Jesus into his life, he is actually entering into a covenant with God. This is the New Covenant of peace written in Isaiah 54:10. Here’s what is promised in this New Covenant of peace that will never be broken:

All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.

(Isaiah 54:13-15, NKJV)

In this New Covenant with God, we are securely established on the righteousness of Jesus (Isaiah 54:14) that will never fail. It does not depend on our human effort  to be righteous. God promised never to be angry with us (Isaiah 54:9), because Jesus paid the price for our sins and we are forever forgiven. This New Covenant brings us great blessings and inheritance. On the night before Jesus was arrested, He promised us the gift of His peace (John 16:33. Jesus’ peace is not what the world can give us. It is a peace that no terror will come near us (Isaiah 54:14). If there are any terror that arise against us, they are not from God and hence will never prevail against us. Whoever assembles to attack us will go down in defeat (Isaiah 54:15).  This is the peace that Jesus has when He slept on the boat in the storm. He knew that nothing can harm Him because God our Father watches over Him. And this is the peace that Jesus has given to us (John 16:33).

Hence, when we preach the word and serve, we bring this Gospel of peace to the people.

6. A journey where we  need to be wise and be careful

Did you notice

Did you notice that this journey with the LORD, to reach out and serve His people is not going to be a bed of roses. While we are assured of the peace that Jesus promised, Jesus has prepared us that we will face challenges.

Jesus told us to be prepared for the following:

 

1. Not to be discouraged when we are rejected. As we preach the word and serve, we will face people who will ridicule and mock us. We are to just let the peace return to us and shake the dust off our feet. (Matthew 10:14)

2. Be wise. Jesus told us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. We are to be careful for we are like sheeps among wolves.

3. Not to be anxious about what to say. Jesus promised that the Spirit of our Father will speak in us (Mattthew 10:20).

4. Not to be fearful and speak in the light. In this journey, there will be persecution but we should not be afraid because God our Father watches over us. We are precious to God. No details in our lives escape God’s sovereignty. He numbers even the hairs on our head. Our enemies cannot destroy our soul.

5. Look to the things of heaven and hold on to Jesus’ promises. Jesus promised that whoever confesses Him before men, Jesus will confess him before God the Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32). Whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake will gain it (Matthew 10:39).

 

7. A journey where your hardwork is never in vain

Did you notice

Did you notice that Jesus concluded this speech that even if you just give a cup of cold water to a little one, even in assisting a disciple who is serving God, will in no way lose his reward. In other words, not only is he gauranteed a reward in this life on earth (Luke 18:29), he is also storing up treasures in heaven where thief cannot steal, moth and rust cannot destroy (Matthew 6:9-21).

 

The average life expectancy of a person is about 70 years to 85 years (25,550 days to 31,025 days). No matter how successful, how powerful, how rich, how popular, how good looking, how intelligent, how wise, how cunning, how shrewd, or even how healthy a person may be, he will still die some day. No one live forever. Do we just disintegrate into nothing when we die? No, we have a soul. Our mortal body may die, our heart and brain may stop working but our soul is nor destroyed when our body dies. In Matthew 10:28, Jesus said this very clearly. Only God can destroy both the soul and body. 

When we believe in Jesus, because the blood of Jesus cleanse us from every sin, our soul do not go into judgement after we die. Jesus said we pass from death to life when we believe in Him (John 5:24). Not only do we not go into judgement, we will receive the reward for our works (Revelation 22:12, 3:5, 3:11, 3:21, Matthew 16:27, 24:46-47, 25:31-46). 

My child, what do you think is the wisest way to live the days of our life on earth? Our life on earth is only a short period of about 25,550 days to 31,025 days but what we do in this short period can allow us to store treasures in heaven and receive rewards for our life in eternity. The wisest way to live this short life would therefore be to focus on doing what would enable us to store treasure in heaven. Would you not agree? Someday, we will have to face our Maker, the God Most High. His heart is for the lost and He promises that every small act (even giving a cup of cold water) will be rewarded.

You can be assured that if you choose to follow your calling as a believer to reach out to the lost, you will by no means lose your reward. Jesus said that anyone who lose his life for His sake will find his life (Matthew 10:39, 16:25). Note that this same statement is recorded in two scriptures within the gospel of Matthew. If it is something that Jesus repeatedly said it, you can be assured that Jesus will honor His promise. Heaven and earth will pass away but Jesus’ words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35).  Anything that you do for Jesus’ sake will be rewarded and that will be the wisest way to live your life. 

When you are called by God

My child, not only does God wants people to be healed, God wants His people to be able to pray, lay hands on the sick and heal the sick.  Jesus’ work on earth is finished and the Holy Spirit lives in you. You have power from heaven. Jesus wants you to pray and see people being healed.  

When you serve God through the Holy Spirit, you will be seeing miracles. It is a journey with God, a journey full of miracles.

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