Jubilee Weekly February 27, 2018

“Making Disciples”

In Matthew 28:18-20, we read —

“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end
of the age.’”

Dear ones here at Jubilee, our God-given mission individually and corporately is to make disciples. This is more than making converts. A disciple is a fully-devoted follower of Jesus. We put Him first in every area of our lives, introduce others to Him and then we invest ourselves into them helping them become fully-devoted followers of Christ, as well.

This whole process begins with our Lord, himself. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said – “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give is light.”

Let’s unpack what our Lord just said in these verses. He wants us to know that He is available to us day or night. He never slumbers or sleeps. He is the Creator of heaven and earth. He is the One who redeems us. He is not just receptive to us. He invites us to come to Him.

Let’s take a look at the invitation He extends to us.
1. It is not a complicated invitation. He invited us to come to Him and be saved. Once we are born again, He invites us to come again and again. He never gets tired of our coming.

2. Jesus is personally inviting us to come. He says, “Come to Me.” Vs. 28 Are you weary? Are you carrying a heavy burden? Do you need rest? Jesus says, “Come.” In Jeremiah 33:2-3 the LORD spoke to His prophet and said, “This is what the Lord says – The Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord. Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Jesus says, “Whoever you are, wherever you
are, whatever you need — ‘ask Me and I will answer you.’”

3. Christ’s invitation is inclusive.
Note what He says – “Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden.”
Is your past defeating you?
Is your present discouraging you?
Does your future look dismal?
Dear Friend – Satan will use every trick or lie to keep you from coming, but Jesus’ heart and arms are wide open and He is inviting you to – “Come”.

4. Folks – this invitation is open and continuous. He isn’t out to lunch. There isn’t a sign saying, “come back tomorrow.” Our Lord isn’t saying, “I’m busy, so I will have to get back to you.”
NO – a thousand times no – He invites us to come RIGHT NOW!
NO – a thousand times no – He invites us to come RIGHT NOW!

I don’t want us to miss a promise our LORD made to his disciples and to us as well. In Matthew 11:28, He said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
Do you remember when you were quite young and your mother would put you down for a “rest”?

When we are young, the last thing we want is a nap. But let the years pass and boy does “rest” sound good. Let me be quick to say our LORD does not want us to go to sleep on the job as disciples.

It goes without saying that we all need physical rest. But Jesus knows that Satan tries to wear us out spiritually so He promises us rest for our souls. Here is the amazing thing
about the rest that Jesus promises. It comes to us in the context of our relationship with Him. Jesus wants us to join Him in making disciples and He promises to be right there
with us, “to the end of the age.”

Just as He was with the twelve, teaching and mentoring them, He will do the same with us. He is the Master teacher and the Master trainer. In the Matthew 11:28-30 passage, Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me …” A yoke is like a double collar. In training a new ox, they always coupled the ox with one that was mature and seasoned. We used to do the same thing on the farm when we wanted to train a new,
inexperienced horse.

We always paired that young horse with one that was mature and experienced. It took time to train the young horse because many times he/she wanted to barge ahead or lag behind.
Don’t miss this — the rest comes when the new horse learned to stay in step with the mature horse.

Folks, when we fall in step with Jesus, our Master Trainer, that is when we learn how to be a disciple, and become more and more like Jesus and experience an inner rest. That rest comes to us when we are walking with Jesus and serving Him.

In 2 Timothy 3:10-14, the apostle Paul wrote –
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it.”

In Philippians 4:11, the apostle wrote, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance.”

Folks, let’s fall in step with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and experience the rest He gives us as we serve Him.

For His Glory,

Pastor Leonard