Imagine yourself standing on the Mount of Olives with the disciples as Jesus ascended into heaven. Before the two angels could speak, worry and angst borne of uncertainty began to fill your heart and soul as you starred into the sky. Jesus the Messiah, the way, the truth and the life just disappeared out of sight. The angels then comforted you with the message that Jesus would return as He had left. But still, the lack of details would have been at least a little unsettling. Obediently you returned to Jerusalem with your fellow disciples to wait for the promise of power that Jesus had promised before His ascension. Ten days later you were a part of one of the greatest miracles in the history of the world; the Spirit’s outpouring at the day of Pentecost. Over the next few weeks you witnessed the power present in the Words of Jesus and among the community of followers of Jesus.
Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life had left his disciples fully equipped to finish the work which he had begun. He replaced himself as the way with the Church; a community of believers to operate as He had one earth. He replaced himself as the truth with the Words that He received from the Father, the Word of God. And, He replaced himself as the life with the Spirit of life; God’s Holy Spirit.
We have been challenged for five weeks to live as the Good Samaritan. I hope we have all made adjustments to our worldviews and began to look for opportunities to minister to those in need. I pray that as a church we have made a long lasting commitment to operate in the KC metro as the Good Samaritan. We have been fully equipped with the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the fellowship of believers to change the world. We have the opportunity to truly operate as the body of Christ by offering salvation and healing to those in need.
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul writes fifty-seven verses concerning the resurrection and our Christian hope of resurrection and incorruption at Christ’s second coming. He ends in verse fifty-eight saying, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Let us not remain on the Mount gazing into heaven waiting for His second coming as people all over the KC metro are hurting and wounded. Let us stand strong laboring to operate as Jesus did during His first earthly ministry. Jesus has equipped us with His Spirit, His Word, and His Church to change our city! Let us go forth into the KC metro as the Good Samaritan.