Receiving the King, not just his messenger.

I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me. – John 13:20

Jesus had just celebrated the Pesach with the apostles. During that time, he washed their feet as an object lesson of how to serve others. In his discourse with them that night, he told them that anyone who welcomed his messengers welcomed him and the Father who sent him.

Do you not see the truth hiding in this statement? Jesus told us that when people welcome us as we share the Good News, they are actually welcoming him and God the Father not just us. This passage should spurn us on to great things for the kingdom of God by creating a greater desire within us to share the Good News of Jesus with all people everywhere. Why? Because they’re welcoming God not just us. Go read the story of David and Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9:1-13. You will read where David sent for Jonathan’s son. In his sending someone, that person served as the king’s messenger. Meph didn’t necessarily receive the messenger as though he were receiving the king because he feared for his own life. However, we should be messengers who deliver the King’s message of Good News to all. This way they can receive the King and not fear for their natural lives and receive eternal life instead.

Father, help me to equip people to be about delivering your message of Good News about Jesus’ resurrection. It’s not enough to just share that Jesus died on the cross to pay for people’s sins, but they need to know that the God that died for them also came back to life in order to give them life – life eternal! May people who receive me in delivering your message receive not me but you just as Jesus stated. May the encounter the living God in me through your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.