Here we look at the Lord’s descriptions given to help his Followers know what they should be like.
Jesus sends out the seventy-two
10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two [Some manuscripts seventy; also in verse 17] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 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. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 ‘When you enter a house, first say, “Peace to this house.” 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 ‘When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal those there who are ill and tell them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 “Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God has come near.” 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
13 ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. [That is, the realm of the dead]
16 ‘Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.’
You can see that it is the Lord Jesus who gives the orders to his true Disciples. He tells them no lies, only the truth, even about the dangers they will face. I have been living here in Birmingham, England for 30 years and have received very little. Even after giving signs and wonders in the name of my Lord Jesus, I see no sign of repentance, but it is only the Lord Jesus who can measure the result of my Discipleship.
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’
18 He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’
This is so important for any Disciple to learn. It is more important that you have your name written in heaven, than what signs and wonders you are gifted to show and do.
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
22 ‘All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’
23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.’
How blessed to be as these true Disciples were. When I look back over my testimony, I can see what blessings my Lord and God has poured out on me. It is humbling for I know I have done little to deserv them. I had done nothing to deserve the Lord Jesus first appearing to me in 1948. I was just a child and did not foresee how my life with him would be.
The parable of the good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’
26 ‘What is written in the Law?’ he replied. ‘How do you read it?’
27 He answered, ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” [Deut. 6:5]; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.” [Lev. 19:18]’
28 ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. ‘Do this and you will live.’
Where does this put those Christians who say that we do not have to be good in order to be saved? How can they say that they will be saved even though they are disobedient to the Lord God? Another description of love is good-will – good-willing towards the Lord God and your Neighbour and Yourself. Once again, it is the Lord Jesus who judges those who qualify for eternal life with Him in heaven.
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’
30 In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half-dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii [A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day labourer (see Matt. 20:2)] and gave them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”
36 ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’
37 The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’
Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’
Those who know me, know that I have mercy on my neighbours, no matter their culture or religion. Even if they hate my Lord God – in fact that is why I try to reach out to them when I can. It is not easy for many in my Community do not want to know Him, or me. Yet I still open myself to them in friendship.
At the home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’
41 ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed – or indeed only one. [Some manuscripts but only one thing is needed] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’
Nothing mattered more to Mary than to learn from the Lord Jesus. For all true Disciples, that is a must do. How can you obey the Lords teachings if you don’t take time out to learn them, where you can. Despite all my sharing of Christ’s teachings and my testimony of living with Him, I have not had any Christians come to me to learn more about what I know. I find that truly amazing! 30 years of valuable opportunity missed.
A video of a true Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ
My video telling how in late Summer of 2012 I met and preached to Satan, the Devil. The Father of all Liars. Defeating Satan
You may find this difficult to believe or even understand, but that does not diminish the truth of my story. Unbelief is not evidence that discredits the truth.