All Have the Same Need

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As I read today’s Turning Point devotional (below), it became crystal clear as to why Jesus called his disciples (as well as every born-again Christian throughout history) to go into all the world and preach the Gospel of salvation.

Read the many times that Scripture informs us of this duty:

Blue Letter Bible: Preach the Gospel

The following verse was stated by Jesus after His Resurrection from the dead, and prior to His Ascension to the Father in heaven.

Mat 28:19

“Go therefore [fn] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

In addition to sharing the Gospel and baptizing with water, we are also called to teach:

Mat 28:20

“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. [fn]

However, when you read the entire chapter of Matthew 28, we find out the following:

1. The two Marys came to the tomb.
2. There was a great earthquake, and an angel descended from heaven
3. The guards shook with so much fear that they became like “dead men.”
4. The angel said to the women:
a. Do not be afraid.
b. I know you seek Jesus who was crucified
c. He is not here, for He is risen
d. Come, see the place where the Lord lay
e. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead,
f. Indeed He is going before you into Galilee
g. there you will see Him
h. Behold, I have told you

The two Marys quickly left to tell the disciples what had happened. They had “fear and great joy!” The term “fear” in that verse means, according to Strong’s Concordance of the Greek:

“(to be put in fear); alarm, or fright – be afraid + exceedingly, fear, terror.” The “great joy” portion states, “cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight – gladness, x greatly, (x be exceedingly) joy(-ful, -fully, fullness, -ous).

In their minds, these women went from one emotion (fear) to the opposite emotion of great joy!

In fact, they were rewarded with actually seeing the Risen Christ first!

Mat 28:9

And as they went to tell His disciples, [fn] behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.

Mat 28:10

Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

What a contrast from the reaction of the guards who had so much fear that they became like “dead men.” What was going on in the guards’ minds?  Probably how they were going to tell the chief priests, who had told them to keep watch at the tomb.  Did they fear what might be done to them for failing to carry out that order?  Later in Matthew 28, we find out.

Mat 28:11

Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened.

Mat 28:12
When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,

Mat 28:13

saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’

Mat 28:14

“And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.”

Mat 28:15

So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

We see that a  lie was concocted by the chief priests were done in order to appease the governor and make the guards secure. The same lie  “is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.”

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Matthew tells of the reactions of the disciples.

Mat 28:16

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.

Mat 28:17

When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

Even amongst those who saw the risen Christ and “worshipped Him;” there were “some [who] doubted!” That is an honest admission by the Word of God, showing us that even amongst those who might profess to believe in Jesus, there will be those who choose to doubt! That is a crisis of faith – and we see it very plainly in today’s world.

Heb 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Read the entire chapter of Hebrews 11 and notice how throughout biblical history, believers in the God of the Bible did what they did by faith!  Hebrews 11 also described the longsuffering that many of faith in Yahweh, (who were looking forward to the arrival of the coming Messiah), and then also those in the New Testament who had faith in Jesus Christ, had to endure.

No matter what Christians have to endure here in this fallen world, we have the joy of salvation and look forward to getting through “the race” that is put before us because “the author and finisher of our faith resides at the right hand of the throne of God!”

Heb 12:1

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Heb 12:2

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Dr. Jeremiah’s devotion for today explains that all have the same need for Jesus Christ; and that include the rich or poor, the famous or common, the weak or powerful.

Same Need, Same Call

And as [Jesus] walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
Mark 1:16-17

Recommended Reading: Mark 2:15-17

“Brother Dave Gardner,” a stand-up comedian active in the 1960s, had a favorite saying: “God must have really loved the common people because He made so many of them!” Conversely, it was mostly common people who were attracted to Jesus during His ministry. He even called twelve common men to be His first disciples.

God loves the poor and powerful alike, of course. But sometimes wealth and power can insulate man from seeing his need for God’s love. That’s why Jesus said He came not to call the healthy and wealthy, but the sin-sick souls who recognized their need for salvation (Mark 2:17). Jesus demonstrated and taught that the kingdom of God is not based on rank or class but on spiritual willingness to embrace God’s presence. Jesus ministered to everyone, poor and powerful alike, but it was crowds of common folk who followed Him, not crowds of the wealthy.

Don’t let poverty or wealth, averageness or exceptionality, keep you from Jesus (Proverbs 30:7-9). His call goes to each one alike, as all have the same need.

 

The two great tests of character are wealth and poverty.

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Christ identified himself in the Synagogue, as recorded in Luke:

Luk 4:18

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, [fn]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Luk 4:19

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” [fn]

Luk 4:20

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

Luk 4:21

And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Christ’s instructions to us:

Jesus said:

Mat 28:19

“Go therefore [fn] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Mat 28:20

“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. [fn]

not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ

Hat tips:

David Jeremiah.org

Blue Letter Bible

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