20 In all sincerity I tell you, the person receiving whomever I might send receives Me, and the persons receiving Me receives the One who sent Me.”
The betrayer was about to go out on his own mission to betray Jesus. At the point of decision to betray Jesus, he abdicated from being one of the apostles.
Jesus had called all twelve of them to be with Him. In Matthew 10.5 Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to preach that the Kingdom of Heaven is near, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleans lepers, and drive out demons. The betrayer was one of the twelve, therefore, he went out with them as a representative of Jesus.
However, the moment he decided to betray Jesus, he walked away from being a representative of Jesus. Up to that point he, along with the other disciples, had been one of the representatives of Jesus. This was no longer true.
Every believer comes to points of decision, and the decision we make determines whether or not we continue to be a representative of Jesus.
Jesus was speaking to the remaining eleven disciples. He knew that they were going to remain loyal to Him, although He also knew that Pater would deny Him.
Jesus assures them that the time was approaching when people would receive them as though they were receiving Jesus. He goes on to add that this also means they would be receiving God.
This is a remarkable statement that speaks of the indwelling presence of Jesus within us through the Holy Spirit.
This is why Paul could write: I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me – Galatians 3.20 (NLT). Therefore, because the Holy Spirit lives within us, so also does the Father and the Son.
Wherever we go, wherever we are we all need to appreciate that we are the representatives of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Elsewhere Paul wrote: We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” – 2 Corinthians 5.20 (NLT).
In all things we must stand back and let the presence of Jesus be seen in us, so that the world will see Him and give Him the glory.