5th August 2016
2 And opening His mouth He continually taught them saying:
As I write these notes it is the day after the U K Referendum vote, in which the British people have voted to leave the European Union. It is a day when many things are being said regarding the consequences of this vote.
Those who introduce the political leaders will use phrases to draw the attention of their listeners to the gravity and seriousness of what is about to be said. An example might be: ‘The Prime Minister is about to address the nation’.
W Barclay informs us that in the Greek culture of the New Testament times such a phrase would be: ‘He opened his mouth’. These few words tell the readers that the speaker has something of great importance to say. The reader would know that what was to follow would be very dignified and quite serious.
Every time we open our mouths as the followers of Jesus to be a witness for Him we must bring words that convey the seriousness of our life with Jesus. Each one of us has a serious and dignified message to bring about Jesus, which talks about the need of everyone to repent and confess that Jesus is their Lord and Saviour.
Let us constantly be aware that Paul urges us with these words:
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone – Colossians 4.6 (NLT).
It was a phrase that was also used to show that a teacher was about to open up his heart to his followers. He was about to share His inner most thoughts, experiences, and desires.
As the followers of Jesus we all are the ambassadors of Jesus, and we must constantly be ready to give a good account of our life in Jesus.
God’s word tells us:
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it – 1 Peter 3.15 (NLT).