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Jesus said it, but nobody is listening #1

When reading the scriptures we find ourselves face to face with instructions that are difficult to keep. More often than not, those statements come directly from the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ. When confronted with them I ask myself the question:

Why do I listen but not obey?

As my own personal study of the scriptures progresses me closer to the teachings of Christ and away from Dogma, I find myself in this very predicament. It is my desire to meditate on these sayings regularly.

Today, I begin a new series aimed at interacting with readers and seeking their thoughts on some of these particularly difficult sayings from the Lord. Thinking about what Jesus said and doing what he commanded are hard to reconcile in more ways than one.

Here is the first passage for consideration in this new series “Jesus said it, but nobody is listening.” I’ll offer some of my thoughts, and then wait for you to share yours!

(Matthew 10:7) …And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

κηρυσσετε – Kerusso, means preach, proclaim, deliver a message with authority. In this verse, it is used in the present tense and imperative. Essentially, Jesus is issuing a command to his hearers regarding the message they are to carry. The command is more than just go and proclaim some message however. My thoughts immediately begin processing the instruction in our modern context. Several things come to mind:

  • There is no sanctuary
  • There is no pulpit
  • There is no manuscript 

Jesus also instructs his hearers, the disciples, to proclaim this message as they go. Where were they going? They were on a mission for he who came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). They were criers of the Kingdom proclamation that the reign of God was nigh. This should have invoked joy and relief to know that the victory was within reach and liberty was being proclaimed to the captives. What was the ultimate requirements needed to accept this message?

  • They needed to repent (Mat 3:1-2)
  • They needed to receive Jesus as the Jewish Messiah (John 4:25-26)
  • They needed to subject themselves to a Kingdom that was not of this earth (Luke 17:21)

Today’s gospel message often starts with man at the center. Your position and your future are the primary points of discussion. Then the idea of a heavenly hope is contrasted with the inevitability of a fiery future if you do not “ask Jesus into your heart.”

There is no expositional sermon, four-point gospel track, or a fancy media bridge-presentation to win over the hearts of men. There is only the message of the Kingdom. Jesus said,

(Matthew 10:7) …And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

What do you say? What is it about today’s modern context that limits the message of our proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven?

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This post is part of an ongoing series of posts.

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James

I love writing about books, theology, and the Kingdom of God. I also enjoy viewing my vocation through a biblical lens. It is here at Seeking A Kingdom that I aim to hash out my thoughts on all these things.

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