The Great Commission: Message Jonah refused (Part 3)

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 I want to thank you for continuing with me in this series,THE GREAT COMMISSION’. This is the concluding part. To give you a recap. The story started by identifying 3 Principles applied by God when He was commissioning Jonah into his evangelistic ministry. They are; GOD SPEAKS A WORD, GOD GIVES A DIRECTION and GOD GIVES A SERMON.

Today I will be talking on, ‘GOD GIVES A SERMON’. Please check my previous posts on this series, to have a better understanding of the whole teachings.

We can see from the book of Jonah chapter 1 verse 2, what the SERMON was.

Jonah 1: 2 . “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

The message God gave him was for him to preach against the wickedness of this Nation called Nineveh. In other words, God wants then to repent. Their ways were wicked and He wanted them to turn from their evil ways. The message was a message of repentance! The message is still the same today. Previously we have established the fact that God doesn’t want the sinners to die in their sins. It will interest us to know that in God’s eyes, He sees sinners as being wicked. They are wicked in their ways and actions. Any unsaved person has the propensity to do evil.

Eze 18: 21. But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what be just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die.
To affirm the message to Jonah the second time after he had repented, God reiteratedly told him to go and deliver the same message He once told him. What does that tell us? It is an evidence that God doesn’t change His message. He doesn’t water it down, He is faithful to his passion. 
Jonah 3: 1-2. Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
The same message we must preach. The responsibility is in our hands to preach repentance to the unbelievers in this wicked world. We must not change the message to something else. It must be the motives behind all our sermons, programmes and other Church activities – to get the sinners saved.
The difference of the message to our dispensation is that God has revealed Himself in His Son Jesus, who is the propitiation for our sins and everybody can only be saved through Him. Jesus is now our visa to heaven, so to speak. Just as we all need visas to cross borders and nations. The only access to God is through Him. We must be ready to say it unapologetically and unashamedly. It is not about good works that many other religions professed. It is Jesus first, and then, good works. That is the good News!  
Acts 4:12 . ”Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved”.
But more often than not, the questions had always been;
1. What to say?
2. Where to go?
1. WHAT TO SAY? We are to preach Jesus and His finished work on the cross. We must be politically incorrect and we must say it as it is! They must be told that their sins shall be forgiven if they confess Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and His grace and blood are available to see them through the journey. Without faith and trust in Jesus, no one can make heaven; He is the only way to God. Jesus name is the ticket to heaven. No other name!  
Preach your testimony as well. Let them know the transformation of your life and the goodness of the Lord you are enjoying. Beyond our knowledge, is our total reliance on the Holy Spirit to guide us on what to say and how to say it.
Mark 5:19. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
2.WHERE TO GO?  Jesus told the Apostles where to go and the same applies to us today. Your Jerusalem is your immediate community, Judea is your state/region, Samaria is other tribes and races around you, while ends of the earth are other nations and the whole world in its entirety.
We are sent to the lost souls(Matt 10:6). Churches are not to recycle members by snatching their members from one another. There are many sinners and the unchurched out there to preach to and get them saved. By the help of the Holy Spirit, we will know where to go. Philip was told to meet Ethiopian eunuch who happened to be someone from different nationality to him. The same can be said of Peter when he was being asked to go to Cornelius house. Jesus also directed His disciples to towns, streets and houses. Luke 10:1-12.
Acts 1: 8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
 

In conclusion, the story of Jonah ended in a good way because he repented from his initial disobedience to his assignment. By so doing, God forgave him and gave him the second chance. He fulfilled his ministry. If you have not been faithful in evangelizing your world, the fact that you are still alive, you still have the second chance of putting things right.

May God grant you and me the grace to be more committed in this assignment called, ”THE GREAT COMMISSION”

Note: All scriptures used are from New International Version.

Stay blessed.

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