Now after these things, the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to come (Luke 10:1).
I didn't make it past this verse before I began to do the math in my head (that's the teacher in me). And as I was thinking about the fact that Jesus sent 70 men or 35 groups of two into every city and village that He planned to visit...I began to visualize what that must have looked like. First century Israel was tired of Roman oppression and anxious to throw off the yoke of Gentile rule. Messiah talk flooded every home, every synagogue, every village until people either became watchful or grew sick of hearing about the coming Redeemer. You see, much like today, there were two groups of Jews in first century- Israel:
1. The ones who, like watchman, talked about Messiah, encouraged others about Messiah, and looked for Messiah's imminent appearance;
2. And there were those who grew weary of hearing the same 'ol stories time and time again.
Guess what? The church is NO different. Those who have put their faith in Messiah Yeshua, both Jew and Gentile, have been told for the past 2,000 years (give or take a few) that Jesus would return to establish His kingdom on earth. The curse of sin would be forever removed, and the power of darkness that has permeated this age would be forever broken. Some in the church have grown tired of hearing that Messiah Yeshua's coming is imminent. I mean it has been 2,000 years, right?
But today our Lord wants you to hear & respond to these words:
"Go & tell them I'm coming!"
Prepare His people, both Jew and Gentile, for the return of the Lord. There are so many scriptures that I could encourage you with. But I will just remind you that watching and waiting is a theme of the Word of God, and there is a reward for those who look for His coming.
So right now I pray that these words will permeate your heart, and that you will NOT grow weary in well doing. For you shall reap a harvest if you do not faint!
Blessings in 2016
"Go tell them, I'm coming!"