Come See…Go Tell: Till the Whole World Knows!

  • Friday, December 16, 2011

  • Wise advice, delivered with humble grace and unquenchable optimism to a Bible college classroom filled with "preacher wanna-be's." It burned into my memory bank to surface frequently these many seasons later.

    "Gentlemen," began Miss Elsie, "as shepherds to God's people, your responsibility will be to diligently study God's Word all week long. Then you are to prayerfully prepare your sermons. By the time you are ready to preach, you will have far too much material. Your job, then, is to select the best 10% to be delivered. Leave the rest in the can!"

    Matthew's gospel record of the life and ministry of Jesus opens on a clear tone, only to close on a completely different note. He begins with a "come see" strategy. "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him," (Matthew 2:2). Matthew's opening direction, "Come see." But then, in closing out the account, the author takes a radical redirection and ends by writing, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel," (Matthew 28:19). Matthew's closing direction, "Go tell!"

    Shepherds, scheduled to work the third/graveyard shift, found themselves responding to both strategies. "And they came in haste and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger…And all who heard it wondered at the things told them by the shepherds. And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God…" (Luke 2:16,18).

    Two weeks ago the "come see / go tell" movement of Matthew made it into the final sermon notes. But out of respect for the clock, it remained in the can.

    "For unto you has been born a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord." Now that IS the best 10%. Invite your friends to "come see." And if they do not respond to your gracious invitation, "go tell." Don't leave it in the can!

    See you Sunday, Church!

    Pastor Tom


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