Friday, June 3, 2016

THE MASTER HAS NEED OF THEE: PT 2

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

Jesus taught principles of the Kingdom of God through parables, using everyday examples.  He told about a nobleman leaving his servants to go to a far country - but before he left, he distributed one pound to each of his ten servants and told them to ‘occupy’ till he comes back.  To occupy means to have one’s place of business – or to take possession or control of a thing.

On the nobleman’s return, he found that most servants had invested the money that was given to them, and that pleased the nobleman who gave each servant additional responsibilities.  However, one servant did nothing but hid the money that was given to him and on the nobleman’s return, the servant gave the one pound right back to him.  Jesus said that the nobleman called him a ‘wicked servant’.

Remember that I said before that Jesus taught parables to explain Kingdom principles. Let us bring the story home to the principle being taught by this parable.

When a person accepts Jesus as his or her Lord and Saviour – the responsibility lies on that person to go and tell of his or her experience of salvation!  Jesus has need of those of us who have accepted the Gift of Salvation to go and tell others.

As seen in the Book of Genesis, the Lord our God needed replicas of Himself, so he created two. Therefore He made original man in the image of Himself who He then gave the responsibility to produce more of their kind.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: Genesis 1:27-28a  
God wanted man to be replicas of Himself to populate the earth. After Adam and Eve had sinned and therefore disqualified themselves of being in the image of God, it was impossible for sin to create purity. In the New Testament God offered mankind the opportunity to return to His image and likeness by sending Jesus as man’s Restorer!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
When mankind accepts this gift from God, he becomes a disciple of Jesus and is expected to make more disciples.
And He [Jesus] said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19
And with many other words did he [Peter] testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this perverse generation. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day about three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:40-41 
As we look further into Luke Chapter 19, the Lord Jesus gave His disciples some instructions.
And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’” Luke 19:29-31
 The preceding verses are significant to my mind as it speaks of Jesus’ authority to loose mankind from bondage – from the chains that have had us bound. The colt referred to in the scripture belonged to someone, but Jesus demonstrated that He possessed authority over all that is in the heaven as well as all that is in the earth.



To be continued....

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    1. Yes "loose him and let him go." Our church ministers to a lot of people coming out of addiction, and some fall back. My heart is torn when that happens. I cry and shout to the devil "take your hands off them and loose them and let them go. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  2. What a good reminder of how we need to pass on God's love for us to others!

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  3. So true. The gift of salvation is too precious to keep to ourselves. If we truly love others we would want them to share in our blessing!

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  4. A wonderful reminder of what's really important.

    LMM

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