WWJD … What Would Jesus Do?

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Remember the 1990’s WWJD bracelet craze prompted by Garrett W. Sheldon’s (great-grandson of the original author) book “What Would Jesus Do?” : a contemporary retelling of Charles M. Sheldon’s classic “In His Steps”?

“What Would Jesus Do” is a great question to ask.  But, for sake of this discussion, I would like to ask, “What did Jesus do?”  More specifically what did Jesus preach?

Did Jesus come to preach the Gospel of Salvation or the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?  I assert He did more of the later than the former.  Although the good news of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ is CRUCIAL to entering the Kingdom of God!

           I must preach the Gospel about the Kingdom of God. That’s what I was sent to do Luke 4:43

Now after that John [the baptist] was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, Mark 1:14

Some might ask, “So what’s the difference?” And therein lays the reason for this writing. I suggest it makes all the difference in the world!

Before we begin, I think it is important to know that salvation through faith in what Jesus accomplished in His life, death on a cross and His resurrection is one of the most important things that anyone can be part of. Without a saving knowledge of these facts, no one can be regenerated, and they cannot enter the Kingdom of God.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him [Nicodemus], Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him [Nicodemus], Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:3-18

But once someone is “saved.” “born again.” “born from above,” “regenerated,” what do you do next?

Most would agree that Jesus left us with a great commission or mission to accomplish.

“The Great Commission”

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 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 28:16-20 (NIV)

If we are supposed to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded… what exactly are we supposed to preach, teach and disciple?  In essence, we have inherited the family business- we are to do what Jesus did.  So what did He do?

First He preached the Kingdom of God.  He discipled His followers.  And He went about healing the people- or more concisely destroying the works of the devil.

“The reason the Son of God [Jesus] appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” 1 John 3:8b

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:14-18

So, if we are supposed to be doing what Jesus did, why aren’t we?

Why are the vast majority of churches sharing the Gospel of Salvation, but not the good news of the Kingdom of God? Why are we not destroying the works of the devil? Why is there little or no “power” in the preaching, teaching and words the average believer (or church) uses?

I suggest it is because we do not have an accurate understanding of the “great commission,” nor do most Christ-followers know what the good news of the Kingdom truly means…in thought, word and deed.

The articles that follow this one will start to explore the good news of the Kingdom of God and what “normal” Christianity should look like.

To be continued….


About richardkrolljr

Welcome to my Blog! My name is Richard Kroll Jr. I have an extensive and varied background in business, education, ministry, and leadership development. Earlier in my career I was a sales trainer and motivational speaker. Not too long after starting my career, I served in upper management in the advertising and publishing industry. In an effort to express my faith in my vocation, I became a teacher and eventually a principal, educational consultant, and executive director; starting and improving schools in every conceivable educational model; domestically and internationally. I have served as a senior pastor of several churches and as a missionary in the United States, Africa, Turkey, India, Mexico, Bahamas, Haiti and Costa Rica. I am dedicated to using my gifts and talents in the area of business, education, ministry and leadership development because I can combine my faith, heart for people, and business acumen to help others have fun, make money, and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Helping marketplace leaders understand how their gifts and talents can be used to bring the Kingdom of God to the Seven Mountains of Influence is a message that the world needs to hear. The world also needs an advocate for freedom- religious, economic and political freedom. My unique blend of humor, passion and “straight-to-the-heart” teaching style makes me an in demand speaker in just about every conceivable setting. My well researched material and thought-provoking messages resonates with every audience I serve!
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