The ARC of His Story | Part 5: Will You Continue On?
July 14, 2020
July 14, 2020
But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. (Luke 4:30-31 CSB)
First, Jesus announced Himself; then His people rejected Him as was prophesied; but that did not stop Jesus from continuing His ministry. He is going to continue His work. Nothing can stop the work of God. Was this a miraculous deliverance? Did Jesus turn around, look at His neighbors, and they just parted? I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I know this: it wasn’t the time for Jesus to die. It wasn’t in the will of the Father that Jesus die at the bottom of the cliff in Nazareth. It wasn’t the Father’s will that Jesus paid the price for our sins in His hometown.
Jesus is Announced; Jesus is Rejected; Jesus Continues on. Rejection doesn’t stop Him. He sets His face like a flint to carry out the will of His Father. In spite of painful rejection, He was going to continue on whatever it took. I pray that’s how we handle rejection as well; that we pattern ourselves after the life of our Savior and role model, Jesus.
God announced to the world in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Yet the world rejects Him over and over. God chooses to continue His work, this time through a different means: the church. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are a member of that church. We are to do the Lord’s will. We are to continue His work. Today, God is still announcing His Son to the world. He announces that salvation is available, and that man has a choice: reject Him or be redeemed by Him. Regardless, God will continue His work. My only question is: will you join Him?
What is the ARC of your life? When you were born, maybe your birth was announced, maybe it was in the newspaper or, for those born in the last decade, online. Soon enough, your time to accept or reject Him came. God is so gracious. He gives us multiple opportunities to accept our redemption. But know this, your natural life will reach its end. You ARC will be finished, but that’s just your natural life because you’re going to live forever. Our work can continue on after we’re gone, through the lives of our children and others we’ve discipled.
I want you to think about the ARC of your life. I don’t want you think about where you are necessarily on the ARC because if you’re like me, you’re on the downhill! I want you to think about this: what will you leave behind? What are you doing for Jesus that will continue on past the end of your physical life?
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.