Speaking of missional Jesus — in our passage today, from Luke 10:1-12, missional Jesus extends himself by sending out some missional disciples.
1. Missional Jesus’ mission begins with seeing the need for workers and he prays to God for help.
2. Missional Jesus expects his missioners to be good and to trust in God and to avoid horsing around with lengthy greetings (vv. 3-4).
3. Missional Jesus sees those who respond to his mission as peace-oriented people. Make it of what you will, but this is more than “peace of God in one’s heart.” This is peace in the Land kind of stuff.
4. Missional Jesus expects his missioners to do what he does (v 9) and to warn of judgment for not responding to him (v. 10-12).
5. Missional Jesus’ kingdom message cut like a knife.
After this the Lord appointed seventy?two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.