Source: Pilot Oak Bulletin, #220, 5/18/08
Jesus Christ the Missionary
by Josh Ketchum
Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus was a missionary? He left his homeland, a place of glory and comfort (Philippians. 2:6-7), and came to a foreign land and culture. Christ came and “dwelt among us” (John 1:14). From the perspective of viewing Christ as a missionary we observe four lessons for our lives in seeking to spread the gospel.
- 1. Christ was willing to go. Oh! How thankful we should be that Christ was willing to come to earth and be the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). We should be willing to go in His service to our friends and neighbors always looking for opportunities to share the gospel.
- 2. Christ saw everyone as a prospect. He went to all types of people, Jesus taught the multitudes of Jews, but he also taught Samaritans (John 4:), a Syrophenician woman (Matthew 15:), a Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:), a Nobleman (John 4:), and the demon possessed (Mark 5:). The gospel is for all.
- 3. Christ taught in a simple, understandable, and practical manner. He used parables and short statements to give clear messages of truth. He was a master at using questions to probe the mind and heart of his listeners. We need to become skilled at turning daily conversations into opportunities for evangelism. Don’t be ashamed to talk about what Jesus has done for you. Constantly be looking for open doors to invite people to worship or church activities.
- 4. Christ loved people. A great missionary must have a sincere love for the people he came to evangelize. Christ was “moved with compassion for them” (Mark 6:34). We need to make sure people always know we love them. Christ was a great missionary. We can learn some tremendous lessons for how to be evangelistic in our daily lives as well.