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Missional Jesus 59

Two more texts to look at in this series on Missional Jesus. Today we look at Luke 24:36-49.
1. Missional Jesus’ greeting to his followers is about “peace,” justifying a billion recitations of these words by Christians when they pass the peace.
2. Missional Jesus think the Old Testament points to him — no Christian reading of the missional Bible can be fair if it is not thoroughly messianic/missional and Jesus-shaped.
3. Missional Jesus sees the OT pointing to his death and resurrection and to the mission to the nations.
4. Missional Jesus instructs his follower to wait for and upon the Holy Spirit if they wish to be missional followers.
Luke 24:36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

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posted September 13, 2007 at 8:58 am

Interesting passage. This text contains and supports solid protestant-evangelical doctrine that Jesus came, suffered and rose, so that repentance and forgiveness of sins would be preached in his name to all nations.
This may not (does not) reflect the totality of the mission to which the Missional Jesus calls us – – but any attempt to be missional followers while neglecting or minimizing this component will result in failure – a failure as serious as that resulting from emphasis of this component of mission to the exclusion of all else.

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John W Frye

posted September 13, 2007 at 10:34 am

Number 4 is crucial: “Missional Jesus instructs his follower to wait for and upon the Holy Spirit if they wish to be missional followers.”
In our evangelical penchant for conjuring workable “strategies” and “models” and “paradigms” from the Gospels/Acts to shape mission, the Person and presence and empowerment of the Spirit is neglected if not outright ignored. “The operation was a success, but the patient died.”

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tim atwater

posted September 13, 2007 at 11:54 am

definitely the resurrection appearances are the deal-clincher – –
even so — lots of repetition is required…
Jesus was opening the scriptures to disciples all seven miles of the way from Jerusalem to Emmaus earlier this same chapter without much (re-) cognition… til he’s finally recognized in the breaking of bread–
now he has to offer touch (still disbelief)– then
break bread and fish (Luke-Johannine cross-over eucharistic symbolism?) — (now belief implicit, not directly stated?)
Now and only now — he can open minds, as he continues the bible study begun earlier… (running all through Luke-Acts…)
and now Luke has us all set for Acts 1-2-3-4…
where the old Jesus Team players who’ve always had such great potential but such erratic permormance…
now trot back out onto a new field…(Jesus up in the upper boxes with Senior Management running the cosmos)
and start playing butt-kickingly good gospel ball…(C-:)

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