Youth News - May 2010
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YOUTH NEWS - May 2010

My thoughts these days often move towards the kingdom of God. Our youth group talks and chapel times at St. Paul’s Christian School have been revolving around this theme recently. One passage that we arrived at this week in chapel reads:

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease... These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."– Matthew 10:1; 5-8

I like to call this the disciples’ first missions trip. They were given a message and a mission. The message: the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The mission: go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel; heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.

In an earlier passage we read that Jesus taught the disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The twelve disciples are now becoming the answer to that very prayer, by the power of the Lord. Where they go, sick people aren’t sick anymore, leprous people are healed, and dead people aren’t dead anymore, demons are cast out, and the good news about God’s kingdom is being preached! God’s kingdom is coming and His will is being done on earth as it is in heaven!

We too have a message and a mission: to go and make disciples of all nations (see Matthew 28.19), and to proclaim Christ crucified and risen – for the forgiveness of sins and the power to live God’s way! While our mission today may look a little bit different from the disciples’ first mission, the premise is the same: God’s kingdom coming and God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

The disciples were a present day picture of what God’s kingdom will look like in the age to come, where there will be no more sorrow, no more suffering, and no more death. So how can we be a present-day picture of God’s coming kingdom now?

One writer by the name of N.T. Wright put it this way: “Deeds that truly embody justice, mercy, hope and freedom in the present are signposts pointing back to Jesus’ resurrection, the ground of hope, and on to God’s future, to the final presence of Jesus, the fulfillment of hope.”

What deeds will you carry out by faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit that truly show God’s justice, mercy, hope, and freedom to a world that needs to see it and hear it so badly? How will you pursue that kind of “kingdom living” with other Christians within the body of Christ?

May you live now as a present-day picture of the coming kingdom of God, and may our church be a signpost of that kingdom to the world around us – inviting them to take part in the life that only Christ can offer.

Matt Kay Director of Youth Activities

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