The Great Commission
Jesus Christ, the resurrected Lord, made numerous appearances to His beloved followers in the forty days following His miraculous bodily resurrection. As He does for us through His word He encouraged them. Promises were made to them and to us. It was a time of equipping and motivating.
The fact of the resurrection itself is reassuring to all believers. Thereby followers of Christ are given assurance of life beyond the grave, an eternal home, and the gilded edge promise of His abiding presence with us daily. The consolations consequenting from the resurrection are numerous. As He gave the Eleven the gift of His presence so He has bequeathed to us the promise of presence and power to work in us and for us. If you are a believer in Christ you are a benefactor of the resurrection.
We like these facts of "What's in it for me?" That is our modern mentality. What is in it for us is incomprehensible. However, let's not let our absorption with our benefits crowd out our awareness of our responsibility.
It was the resurrected Christ who met with the Eleven on a mountain in Galilee and spoke in their hearing a commission applicable to each of us. To us He said, "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen" (Matthew 28: 18 - 20).
That is the Magna Charta of the church. It is an imperative for every believer.
The Eleven obediently believed Him so fully they zealously responded in such as to be referred to as "these who have turned the world upside down." They evangelized with such passion that they revolutionized their world. Their society was more corrupt and perverted than ours. They were hop ...
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