What is the most important and greatest job in the world? – To tell others about God’s love and to show them the love of Jesus (God in person).
Jesus was loving, kind, sympathetic, patient, and forgiving, always leading and feeding and encouraging and strengthening the Spirit of His disciples and other followers. He was the greatest of all examples of love, compassion, humility, kindness, patience, mercy and forgiveness that no human being in the past, present and future can equal. This is best illustrated in the following actual happening and true story related in the gospel as written by the Apostle John:
3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:3-11 NLT)
The Bible tells us, “And if any man sin, we have an advocate (lawyer in our modern language) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1 KJV). As an advocate, he wins all his cases, for he died on the cross on behalf of his clients and took to himself the penalty for their sins. No human lawyer can equal him as an advocate dying for the crime (or sin) committed by his client.
In the above related story, not parable, here was a woman accused of committing a crime which under the Law of Moses, was punishable by death by stoning including the man (Lev. 20:10, Deut. 22:22). Notably, however, the accusers also “violated the Law of Moses” by not bringing and accusing also the man before Jesus, although the woman was definitely guilty because she was “caught in the act”. But disregarding technicality, because of his love, compassion and mercy to the sinner, but not violating the Law as given through Moses, Jesus said “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her”. Since “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), no one cast any stone, and being conscience–stricken, one by one beginning from the oldest to the youngest went away, until the woman and the Lord Jesus were the only ones left. The Lord Jesus forgave the woman but significantly said, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” He did not condemn but forgave although he did not also condone the sin. What a beautiful solution to a very difficult problem! Jesus was a problem-solver to the satisfaction of all concerned. That is why human lawyers should not be condemned for lawyering for the guilty criminals if in the process they do not violate the law just like what Jesus did. They are just helping solve a problem which is their job as advocate.
There are a lot of other people who need to know Jesus and his extraordinary virtues. After declaring that “all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth,” he gave the so-called Great Commission to his disciples which include all his followers and believers, as follows:
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 2819-20 NIV)
We can “teach” by example in our way of life, not necessarily by actually “lecturing” to people personally, or we can write ecclesiastical articles in our Saturday Bulletin, if God has endowed us with the gift of writing like the Apostle Paul who authored 13 books of the New Testament and the other Gospel writers. In this modern age of advance technology of internet, website and blogs, in an instant, a writing can be read all over the world. These are, in a manner of speaking, also part fulfillment of the Great Commission--the believers’ most important and greatest job to do. And we can do this without resigning from or abandoning our chosen profession or career, or vocation or business endeavor. We can do it “on the job” as opportunity arises as we do our business, or as already said above, in our way of life.
Speaking of “gift” which basically means spiritual gifts like the “ability gifts” enumerated in Romans 12:4-8 (prophecy, ministry, teaching, preaching, or exhortation, giving [benevolence] rulership or leadership). Also the gifts spoken of in Eph. 4:11 like apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Likewise the spiritual gifts mentioned in 1Cor. 12:4-11 like word of wisdom; gifts of healing; the working of miracles; prophecy; discerning of spirits; diverse kinds of tongues; interpretation of tongues. Each believer has at least a gift and that should be used to serve others and the kingdom of God faithfully. And “if anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God” (1 Peter 4:10). And above all, to be effective servant of God, “He should walk his talk”.
The Good News as written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will show us how Jesus, excellently and beyond measure, performed His mission as Messiah. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and healing all that were oppressed by the devil; for God was with him and with power: who went about everywhere doing good (Acts 10:38 KJV). The life of the master teacher who examples love and sharing, who came for love of the human soul, and lived in love and died for love of the sinners that we all are, that we might live and love God and our brothers and sisters in eternity. The human soul who is endued with the most wonderful emotion of love will realize how most wonderful to be and live in heaven forever with our God where LOVE is the prevalent mode.
The teachings of the LORD Jesus are the most beautiful, inspired, instructive and encouraging part of the Bible. He was very loving, kind, gentle, tender, compassionate, gracious, merciful and a peacemaker; He did not force anyone to believe on Him or to love Him. He wants all acts done on voluntary basis (Rev. 22:17). He wants our acts of love, benevolence and worship to be done on “whosoever will” basis (Rev. 22:17).
Nothing is more important to God the Father and so with His only begotten Son, than the immortal souls of men, the last and highest and very special and perfect creation who created man, in His own words, “after our image, after our likeness", on the sixth day (Gen. 1:26). He sacrificed His only begotten Son to save souls of men by the latter’s shedding his own precious blood in the cross of Calvary inasmuch as he has decreed that “without shedding of blood there is no remission or forgiveness of sin” (Heb. 9:22).
The souls that we win to Jesus will be our “brothers” and “sisters” and treasures in heaven, and these will be thankful to us for all eternity because we told them about the love of God and His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and SAVIOR and only way to heaven, the very and most special place prepared and reserved for all true believers.
It is very difficult job to do, but as faithful followers, let us strive to be like Jesus, and when He comes for the second time, or theologically speaking (second coming of the Lord Jesus) we are assured of a mansion in heaven for eternity, enjoying the tree of life as food for all seasons which again He has prepared and reserved for all true believers (Rev. 22: 2&14).
Being adopted children of God, the believer shall enjoy the same rights and privileges of His only begotten Son who is at the right hand of God the Father in heaven interceding for all believers for eternity (Romans 8:34; Psalm 110:1; 1 John 2:1; Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5). Under the human laws (particularly in the Philippines) which laws originated from the Romans, then from England and the United States, as is very true in the spiritual world, the adopted children have the same inheritance, rights and privileges as the original or biological children.
Then, shall come to pass what the Bible said, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:3-4 KJV).
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(FGBMFI Davao City Chapter Bulletin, October 27, 2012)