The Light of the World

The Kingdom of Light (2)

VPAnd leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region of the shadow of death, on them a great light has dawned.” Matthew 4:13-16

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Light and Kingdom
From the beginning, Jesus’ earthly sojourn is associated with two things: light and the Kingdom of God. Jesus came as the Light of the world to “bring near” the Kingdom of God. The next verse following in Matthew’s gospel reads, “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

Against the Darkness

The Kingdom of Light (1)

VPHe has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13

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Deep darkness
Light is one of the most familiar images associated with Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. And precisely because it is so familiar, it’s easy to lose sight of just what a powerful image this is.

So What: Go!

The Harvest Is Plentiful (7)

VP“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few...Go your way...Luke 10:2, 3

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Personal Mission Field
Jesus commanded us to pray earnestly, for ourselves and others, that God would thrust us out into the field of the world, where a great harvest of souls awaits the ministry of the Gospel.

So What: Pray!

The Harvest Is Plentiful (6)

VPTherefore pray earnestly...” Luke 10:2

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A sure and abundant harvest
There is a sure and abundant harvest of souls to be gathered in for the Kingdom of God.

The harvest is plentiful, Jesus declared, and we have seen that there are at least five good reasons to believe that His Word is reliable and true: God has chosen many to believe; the Spirit is wooing and striving with those elect souls; the devil is bound; the Word is powerful to save; and God the Lord of the harvest will not fail to fulfill His purposes and plans.

Lord of the Harvest

The Harvest Is Plentiful (5)

VP“Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2

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His harvest
Don’t miss that last prepositional phrase: “into His harvest.” The harvest belongs to the Lord. The earth is His and everything in it. He made the world and upholds it by His powerful Word (Heb. 1:3). He does as He pleases and no one can keep Him from doing His will. He is completely and totally sovereign and perfectly and entirely good. None of His purposes or plans will ever fail.

The Power of God

The Harvest Is Plentiful (4)

VPFor I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes... Romans 1:16

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Good reasons
There are good reasons to believe that Jesus’ declaration that the harvest is plentiful is reliable and true.

The doctrine of election, the striving of God’s Spirit, and the fact that Satan’s power has been checked by Christ Himself should encourage us to believe that our labors in making the Gospel known can have powerful effects. God has chosen lost people for salvation; His Spirit is even now wooing and striving with them; and Jesus has Satan on a leash, keeping him from deceiving and blinding those it pleases the Lord to save.

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