Luke 9. Forum Discussion

Rejection

Chapter 9 begins with Jesus preparing His apostles to go out on the road and proclaim the kingdom of God. Part of that preparation was Jesus instructing them about rejection. He did not want them to be surprised or discouraged when they encountered rejection.

Rejection is a part of life. As we attempt to share the Gospel, or to talk about our faith, some people just will not want to hear it. Jesus is telling us that is ok. The Bible teaches us that the apostles and Jesus, Himself, were rejected by many.

Jesus is very candid about rejection. He does not want it to come as a surprise to any of us. But He also does not want us to get caught up in rejection, or to even give it a second thought. He wants us to dust ourselves off and move on with our mission. Luke records it this way:

“Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city.  And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” – Luke 9:2-5.

So the apostles were taught about how to deal with rejection right before Jesus sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God. What does that mean to us?

For starters, we can ask ourselves if we have ever faced rejection when sharing the Gospel? If we have not, perhaps we should ask ourselves if we are trying hard enough, or often enough? 

Jesus faced rejection.

The apostles faced rejection.

And if we apply ourselves, we too will face rejection.

And that is ok. Jesus tells us what He wants us to do.

Jesus said:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” – Mathew 28:19-20.

This scripture is commonly referred to as, “The Great Commission.” It is what we are commanded to do.  And while  many will reject the word of God, many will not.

Our job is to continue to plant those seeds! 

Our job is to keep trying!

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Luke 10, and what the Bible says about protection. May God’s blessings be upon you until then.  Amen

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How does it make you feel when you read that Jesus said to James and John, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them?"

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Michael
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I find that very comforting. Our Lord and Savior is so loving and compassionate!

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Jesus said, "The Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them." Any thoughts or comments?

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Michael
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It is very comforting to read. God is not sitting back waiting to say, "Gotcha!" the first time we make a mistake or fall short. Jesus came to save and God is rooting for us to put our faith in Jesus and be saved. But He can not make that decision for us. That is something that we must do ourselves.

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