Journey of Apostleship
The Journey to Jerusalem
Participation & Revelation
Jesus gives us a call to participate. Not just to be a by-stander. In His will and direction, we can be apart of mega miracles and awesome things!
Jesus is so humble to allow us to partner with Him, and allows for the miracle to happen in our hands.
And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.” They did so, and had them all sit down. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people.
“Who do the people say that I am?” They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.” And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”
Jesus gives us a call to revelation.
To experience life with Him, allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus as Messiah in our own lives.
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 16:17
The Cost of Glory
Luke 9:21- 9:62
“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?
Demonstration of Glory
While Jesus was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
Difference in Glory
Jesus fully able
to demonstrate God's Glory
I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.” Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.”
As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father.
Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.
Determinant of Glory
Suffering & Being the least
While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, 44 “Listen to me and remember what I say. The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies.”
But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.”
Resolve in Opposition; yet in gentleness
The people of the village did not welcome Jesus.
James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?”
But Jesus turned and rebuked them.
Resolve in the Cost of Discipleship
As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”
“Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
of the Seventy-Two
Jesus’ principles of Missions
What does it take to
Verse 4a Going without any extras – not looking rich and wealthy and creating barriers by bringing too much things:
Verse 4b – 7 “do not greet anyone on the road...”, Thinking and being focused, looking for a man of peace
Verse 8 – 9 Going in a servant's heart: Offering yourself, by your skills and knowledge or your time...
Jesus’ Joyful Response
of the 72's return
Joy that Satan is defeated
Joy for the Disciples’ faith 10:20-21
Joy to God the Father
for what He has done
One thing is necessary
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
[ LOVE GOD + SHOW MERCY ]
The Lord’s Prayer (11:1-4)
Persistence in Prayer (11:5-8)
The Goodness of God (11:9-13)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
"if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." Luke 11:20
We should not live in disbelief and constantly seeking signs about Jesus' authority. Reread the chapters before and consider if you truly trust in Jesus.
11:34-36 The Message Bible
2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
The god of this age, Satan, has blinded people, in a way that our moral compasses are hardly functioning. We must not be sucked into this form of thinking, and always guard that our eyes are not darkened by the influence of the world around us.
Ignoring Justice and Love
42 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
Looking for honour and being spiritually proud
43 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you love to sit in the seats of honor in the synagogues and receive respectful greetings as you walk in the marketplaces.
'Whitewashed tombs' - Good looking outwardly, but dead inside
44 Yes, what sorrow awaits you! For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on.”
Burdening others with unnecessary Church culture / Social rules
46 “Yes,” said Jesus, “what sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden.
Not turning away from the sins of previous generations
47 What sorrow awaits you! For you build monuments for the prophets your own ancestors killed long ago. 48 But in fact, you stand as witnesses who agree with what your ancestors did.
Preventing people from knowing God
52 “What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.”