Jesus Assures His Apostles
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 20 April 2017
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
hile Jesus was speaking of His imminent betrayal, suddenly He addressed His apostles in verse 20. Initially, that statement does not seem to fit the context of what Jesus is saying in the passage as a whole. But a close look reveals that it fits beautifully.
We do not know what went on between verses 19 and 20. They might have assumed that a traitor among the disciples would lower the standing of them all. Worse still, if their Master would allow Himself to be killed, the future appeared rather gloomy. Jesus quickly turned to assure His disciples, “No matter what happens, it does not lower your commission, and it does not alter your calling. You are still my representatives. Although there is a traitor among you, that does not affect your high calling. The treachery of Judas must never lower your estimate of apostolic responsibility.” It was a tremendous lesson. In essence, Jesus was saying, “When you go out there and preach, if they receive you they are receiving Me. And if they receive Me, they are receiving the Father who sent Me. Your commission is that high. You represent God in this world.”
When the time of Christ’s crucifixion arrived, the whole world seemed to be collapsing around the apostles. Therefore, Jesus took the opportunity to elevate the eleven and to encourage them to keep their eyes on their calling and on their ministry, where they actually belonged.
No matter what Satanic opposition we run into, no matter how frustrating the work becomes, nothing can lower the significance of our calling from the Lord to serve Him. Our Lord will enable us to accomplish that which He has called us to do.
He who called me into the ministry is faithful.
Lord, thank You for the knowledge that You care for every one of Your servants.