“Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven: if you do not forgiven them, they are not forgiven.’” (John 20:21-23)
Jesus sent the church to evangelize the world. The church carries forward the ministry God gave Jesus. The church’s witness is possible only as we experience the Holy Spirit’s power.
In that power our testimony confronts people with salvation in Christ. Those who accept Him find freedom from guilt. Those who reject Him lost the opportunity for forgiveness.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, many times we tend to think that our witness is all important and people will accept it, period. In truth, our witness is important, but the people will either accept it as it was offered to them and find forgiveness and salvation, or they will simply reject it and lose the opportunity altogether. Therefore, once we have presented the offer of the good news to others, we simply move on to the next people and offer our witness to them. We have no part in their accepting was is presented. It then falls on their shoulders to decide whether or not to accept the offer. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Every time the devil reminds you of your past….remind him of his future!!”
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive our all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: ‘Take nothing for the journey—-to staff, to bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them. So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.” (Luke9:1–6)
Jesus sent the twelve apostles to evangelism with specific, definite instructions. They were to go whee He sent them, go to the lost, proclaim the good news of the kingdom, meet people’s needs, give of themselves freely, and rely on God’s provision. Although the instructions had an immediate and specific application to Jesus’ ministry to the Jews, the principles are relevant to God’s people in all times. These principles apply in every attempt to reach others with the gospel.
“Come, follow me, Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.” (Mark1:17-18)
Beloved we are to leave our “nets,” whatever they may be, so we will not be deterred from being “fishers of men. The revelation of God in Jesus Christ called people to follow Him, to become useful employees in the task of bringing followers to commitment to God through Christ. Revelations is a call to action as well as a call to know.
Christ’s call to follow him in discipleship is a call to evangelize other people. The call has only one proper response—-immediate obedience. Discipleship always involves the call to witness to the lost.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, 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 28:18–20)
This is the Great Commission beloved for it provides a fitting climax to the gospel that begins with lineage of Jesus, the Kin of the Jews, and ends with a kingly command to extend His kingdom to all peoples. The central importance of this teaching can d be seen by its repetition. It appears in four different passages (Mk 16:15; Lk 24:47; Jn 20:21; Ac 1:8) and in three locations (Jerusalem, Galilee, and the Mount of Olives).
The Great Commission given to the eleven apostles on a mountain in Galilee (28:7, 9, 16), is directed to His church and to all Christians. It teaches the power and authority for the church’s missional task. God the Father has given authority to the Son. The authority is valid in heaven and on earth. The authority is to make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all of he instruction of Jesus.