The Great Commission In The Gospel of Luke – Luke 24:36-53

From my reading in Luke 24:36-53 in the One Year New Testament.

Luke has it’s own unique version of the great commission given by Jesus.

“It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things” Luke 24:47–48

This Message Would Be Proclaimed… 

The news of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection needs to be proclaimed. It was their job to share it and now it’s ours.

In The Authority Of His Name…

Jesus has given them the authority to share the gospel to the ends of the earth and that authority is transferred to us through the Church.

It is with Christ’s power and as his representatives that we go out into the world to share the good news.

To All The Nations…

Christians were given the task of going to every “nation” on earth.

Nation here in greek is “ethos” which refers to a tribe or “people group.” This is a smaller unit than the US or Russia.

We are to go share the gospel in every place to every people group! 

Beginning In Jerusalem…

Jesus told them to start in Jerusalem. In Acts 1:8 also written by Luke Jesus said,

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

The very city where Jesus was murdered became the birth place of Christianity. They were told to start in Jerusalem and go all over the world! 

There Is Forgiveness of Sins For All Who Repent

Jesus offers forgiveness of sin, but only to those willing to repent and follow him!

Repent means “to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness” – Lowe-Nida Lexicon

Repentance is a choice to turn from your own way of life and decide to follow Jesus. 

It is possible to share the gospel without using the baggage laden word “repentance” but the person receiving Jesus should understand the need to turn from their sin and follow Jesus.

When we share the gospel we should share repentance as part of our message! 

You Are Witnesses Of All These Things.

Jesus gave the twelve actual witnesses the task of going into all the world and I believe that task has been transferred to us! We are now to be witnesses of what God has done in our lives.

This is our mission as the body of Christ and we better get on it! 

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What Was Christ’s Relationship With The City Of Jerusalem? – Luke 13:23-35

From my reading in Luke 13:23-35 in the One Year New Testament.

Chicken In A Good Way

Jesus loved Jerusalem even though it was the place where he would be killed.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.” Luke 13:34

Christ’s love was so great that he desired to care for the people of the city as if they were his own children.

He used the illustration of a mother hen caring for her chicks by protecting them under her wings to illustrate the tender care he wished to give them.

But Jerusalem refused to live under his protection, instead they rejected him and killed him.

“And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Luke 13:35

Because they rejected him, Jesus “abandoned” the great city to their own devises. Ironically after Christ’s resurrection Jerusalem would be the very place that Christianity first exploded with growth!

Jesus then made a prophesy by saying that they wouldn’t see him again until they said he was indeed the Messiah. This was fulfilled on Palm Sunday which we just celebrated. As Jesus rode into the city on a donkey they said,

“Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” Matthew 21:9

A Love Hate Relationship

As you can see Jesus had a love hate relationship with Jerusalem.

The people of Jerusalem loved him, then they hated him.

But Jesus never stopped loving them. 

I pray that I will have that same love for the places where God has called me to minister. I want to love the campuses of San Diego as well as the community God has put me in even if I am repeatedly rejected.

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What Does “Hosanna” Mean?

From  Mark 11:1-18 

Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey in order to fulfill  prophesy and the people shouted praises…

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” Mark 11:9–10

Save, I Pray

Hosanna is one of those fancy words worship leaders like to put into songs, but what does it mean? Lowe Nida Lexicon defines it as,

“an Aramaic expression meaning ‘help, I pray’ or ‘save, I pray’… its association with liturgical expressions involving praise and exaltation resulted in the expression acquiring quite a different significance; hence, a phrase such as ‘hosanna in the highest’ became equivalent to ‘praise be to God.”

So Hosanna basically means “save, I pray” but generally when used as in the praise “hosanna in the highest” it was used as an exclamation of worship. The use of this word along with the phrase “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” is showing that the people connected Jesus with Ps 118:25-26.

“Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! ” Psalm 118:25–26a

Save Us, We Pray

Next time you sing the word “Hosanna” remind yourself that the person you are worshiping is powerful and can help you, save you, and give your success! Jesus really did enter Jerusalem that day in order to save us by eventually dying on the cross for our sins.

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