Tell the World

When I was a child, I used to really enjoy building model aeroplanes.  Some of you may have heard of the Airfix model kits that used to be so popular.  My favourite model kit of that time was an F-15 Eagle aeroplane and it was quite fiddly to put it together.  Here’s a picture of the full-sized aeroplane in real life.  It wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t been taught how to build an Airfix kit by my father.  He taught me by following steps that many teachers and parents follow:

  • I do, you watch
  • I do, you help
  • You do, I help
  • You do, I watch

Once he was confident that I understood what I was doing he left me to it, but was clear that if I got stuck I could ask him for help.

You may wonder what on earth has this to do with the Bible reading we’ve heard today?  Well it seems to me whenever I think about how Jesus engaged with his followers, there was a clear pattern he followed too which was very similar.  It always began with Jesus calling his disciples (come follow me he said to Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John who immediately stopped what they were doing and followed him), then teaching them, and finally ended with Jesus sending them.  In that teaching he too followed those steps:

  • I do, you watch
  • I do, you help
  • You do, I help
  • You do, I watch

Part of that teaching was equipping the disciples to build the early church and continue with his ministry: “Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28: 18-20)

Jesus had been teaching and equipping his followers to tell the world about the good news and it’s good to remind ourselves about what that good news is and what it looks like.  In a moment, I’d like to share a video with you that reminds us in a really creative way about the good news.  Before we look at that I just wanted to say that a couple of things about Good News.

1.It’s something we can’t wait to share.

You know if you’ve had a test at school and it goes really well?  Or if you’ve applied for a new job and been successful in getting it? Or if you’re blessed with a new arrival in the family?  Good News is news that just has to be told!

2. It often features good words like light, truth, hope, healing.

In Jesus’ words “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” (Luke 7:22) In a world which so often focussed on bad news, let’s not forget the Good News that should be that needs to be told. 

As a reminder of the Good News that the world needs to be told, I came across this video which you may like:

Amen

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