Jesus, on Mission (Matthew 10:1-16)

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“As you go, preach this message: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is near.’”

Its Christmas season soon and you may have an opportunity in these coming
weeks to talk about Jesus with a colleague, friend, family or a neighbor.
How does that make you feel? Terrified? Hopeful? Unprepared? Excited? It’s
never easy to talk about the deep things of life. Much easier to stick to
the weather, the news or the state election! But where would we each be if
no one had made the effort to tell us about Jesus?

As we work our way through Matthew’s Gospel, we come this Sunday to Chapter
10, where Matthew records the first “mission” where Jesus sent the disciples
out to preach the message about the kingdom of heaven to the ‘lost sheep’ of
Israel. They probably felt a mixture of dread and excitement just as you and
I might feel. And I wonder how ‘lost’ the people they spoke to actually
felt. There’s a lot we have in common with those first sharing their faith
and we can learn from them and their methods.

Who is it in your life that needs to hear about the life changing news of
Jesus this Christmas? Why not start praying like the apostles did – for an
opportunity, for a sense of burden for them, for boldness and of course, for

-Tracy Lauersen