After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you’.
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
Our gospel has not changed. It is both practical and spiritual in the mercy of God when we present Jesus Christ. The evidence of the Presence of God to the people was by their sick being healed and that was practical and tangible. When people are healed that undoubtedly makes them and others think, and that engenders faith that the kingdom of God has come for them too. Surely, a willingness to repent and receive eternal life through Jesus Christ is helped when the gospel is not in word only. The apostle Paul spoke clearly about it:-
1 Corinthians 2:4,5
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
When most people have no concept of the true and living God, ever present with them, it is good for them to wake up to the truth that He is the Lord God Almighty right there when we speak and minister through the Holy Spirit. When demons are cast out in front of their very eyes they suddenly have to face the existence of evil in its unsavoury power which ruins the lives of so many. It is not a psychological hindrance! Yes, the kingdom of God comes with authority over the devil as it seeks to bring people to Christ. It is all about God’s power.
Our evangelism is effective when those anointed to “Go” do exactly that and expect a harvest. The words of Jesus are so true, “The harvest is plentiful”. It was not His imagination but what He could see in the Spirit. He did not come to lay down His life for a few, here and there, but a multitude. That became immediately apparent on the Day of Pentecost after His resurrection; 3,000 souls saved in one day. This was the church outside temple walls; indeed a church without walls! We need a reminder that the church is not the building we go to. No. it is US. The church building not meant to be a limiting factor to keep us inside as some would seem to think! Many churches ask the question,” What can we do to get people to come inside?” I believe God is saying, “What can I do to get my people outside? I have planted them everywhere to share their testimony and evangelise through the Holy Spirit.”.
Are we afraid to go out “like lambs among wolves”? Jesus had no problem in sending out inexperienced followers in twos knowing their vulnerability. They had seen Him do the powerful stuff and now it was their turn! He wasn’t going to hold their hand! They had to exercise their faith to minister. The people He sent had to be prepared for rejection and persecution. Jesus told them what to do about it!
It is time for the church to take stock of what it does to bring the kingdom of God to people. There is a great harvest if only we can see it. The Second Coming of Jesus is ever nearer and He wants a glorious victorious church reaping all over the earth.
We need a lot more testimonies of joy because of the victorious gospel of Christ. Let us be reminded:-
1 John 3:8
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
God bless you,
Pastor Keith Pascoe