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Missional Jesus 4

The missional Jesus enlists others in his mission — and one can see this as an evangelistic summons into the work of the kingdom by attachment to Jesus. A good place to see this is the fuller story of Peter’s “conversion” in Luke 5:1-11.
1. Missional Jesus is a preacher of the word (5:1-3) and it is out of that context that he summons Peter.
2. Encountering the missional Jesus brings bewilderment, wonder, and awe — leading to repentance (5:5, 8, 9-10).
3. Missional Jesus shares his mission with those who are attached to him (5:10).
4. Those who participate in the mission of Jesus are called to enlist others in the mission of Jesus — by attaching themselves through them to Missional Jesus (5:11).
Luke 5:1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,b the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
Luke 5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Luke 5:5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
Luke 5:6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

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posted June 21, 2007 at 5:44 am

I like the notion of attaching in points #3 and #4. It brings to mind the vine and branches of John 15. That abiding helps us realize the mission of Jesus.

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John W Frye

posted June 21, 2007 at 10:28 am

Am I going too far with your thought “by attaching themselves through them to Missional Jesus” by emphasizing *through them* when I think of Jesus’ statement, “Whoever receives you, receives me, and whoever receives me, receives the One who sent me.” Suppose I am a “seeker,” Scot, and you and I engage periodically in redemptive conversation. You are excited to tell me fully and graciously about Jesus and his kingdom. In the process I “receive” you. I like your explanations, your character, your life. Now in receiving you, i.e., welcoming you and your “views” into my life, have I not received Jesus? And if I have received Jesus *through you* have I not then received God the Father? If not, what did Jesus mean? I tend to think that this idea concretizes (?), incarnates Jesus’ real presence in the world. You would have become Jesus to me as a seeker. Is that valid?

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Scot McKnight

posted June 21, 2007 at 10:46 am

No doubt what you say is true and consistent with Matt 10:40-42. To the degree that the person represents Jesus this works.

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John W Frye

posted June 21, 2007 at 11:05 am

Wow, Scot, thanks.
Jesus entrusts his views, even his very life to us to pass on to others. To me this emphasizes incarnation over proposition, though I am not anti-proposition because we must communicate with words, too. Yet *life* is passed on, not just statements of “truth.” Reading a book on human reproduction does not produce a baby. There must be life to life encounter. I think that is true with the “gospel.”

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Tim Markle

posted June 21, 2007 at 1:25 pm

The whole attchment theme really hit hard as I am working on following up from the Spiritual Formation Forum. As I make room for God to remake me more and more like Christ, the more I won’t just share words about Jesus, but Christ himself through my life. Practicing spiritual disciplines is a way I can attach to God–spirit to Spirit.

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posted June 21, 2007 at 1:53 pm

In point #3 you mention Jesus sharing His mission. Do you mean sharing verbally, or do you mean sharing in the activity (or both)? It seems to be a focus question: is the mission for disciples to go after a stated goal (fishing for men), or is the mission for disciples to focus on Christ, who then reveals details of His mission as their journey w/ Him continues? As people today disciple others, this slight difference could impact how they disciple and in what they encourage their disciple to focus on.

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Scot McKnight

posted June 21, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Jesus called others to extend his mission — thus Matt 4:23 and 9:35 set the terms of Jesus’ ministry that is filled in from 5:1-9:32. Then Jesus sends the 12 out to do just exactly what he has done between 4:23 and 9:35.

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