Good Day Readers:
The Holy Spirit moves! Instead of giving one blog post, it was revealed that I give this in parts. I hope you’re blessed by this:
If we were to search for the word agenda, we may find these two meanings
- A list or outline of things to be considered or done (as in an agenda of a faculty meeting)
- An underlying often ideological plan or program (as in a political agenda)
When looking at the agenda itself, there is often a template associated with it. An example of an agenda template can consist of:
- An Objective
- The Attendees
- Date, Time, and Duration
- What to bring
- The Presenter
- Allocated Time
Having said all of that, and for the sake of the text we are sharing with you today, I would like to talk about the Jesus Agenda
In the eleventh chapter Matthew’s Gospel, we find Jesus selecting His twelve disciples and commissioning them to teach and to preach in their various cities. Once they had gotten their assignment, word got to John the Baptist, who was in prison awaiting execution at the hands of King Herrod. In light of this information, he sends two of his own disciples to find Jesus with only one question in verse three:
“Art thou he that should come or, shall we look for another?”
To this question, Jesus simply replied in verse four and five:
“Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
As we look at the text more closely, we can see that Jesus came down to Earth with an agenda in place. The first part is that Jesus’ had an objective to his Ministry. Jesus tells the disciples of John to “go” and to “show” the things that ye do hear and see but if we break that down even further, Jesus is telling us that we need to GO and SHOW:
The things that we do – that means the way we SHOULD be living our lives as Christians.
The things that we hear – that means that every now and then you need share a testimony or a praise report with someone that may be going through the something in hopes that we can be a blessing.
The things that we see – that means that we need to look around us and witness the hand of God. Like the songwriter said:
Oh God, My God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy Hands have made
The Jesus Agenda also shows that there are attendees listed. In verse five, Jesus said that:
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
That’s part of the Agenda! If we go back and study this chapter, we can clearly see that the attendees of this Agenda start way back in chapter nine. In Chapter, nine:
Jesus heals a man sick with the Palsy
Jesus raises from the dead, the daughter of a ruler named, Jarius
Jesus takes the time to open up a drug store in the hem of His garment in order to hear a woman that has been hemorrhaging for 12 LONG years
Jesus cleansed a dumb man possessed by a devil. When the devil was cast out the man was then able to speak.
All of which was done in the presence of the Pharisees which, by the way, are also requested to be in attendance.
In chapter 10 Jesus chooses the Twelve Disciples , gives them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and diseases, he requires that they carry nothing with them. No gold, no silver, no brass, no script for the journey, no coats and no shoes. He also reminds them that they will be sheep among wolves and that they will be hated by all men for His name sake but, to be as wise as serpents yet as harmless as doves. That’s the Agenda of Jesus!
In Acts 3:2-8, the Agenda of Jesus is further evident through Peter and John:
2And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
The Agenda of Jesus is a wonderful thing because we now have the template in place. More to come…
Until next time…