DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2021-07-26
WRITTEN AT: Hattiesburg, MS
SCRIPTURE FROM: Matthew 28:18-20
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)
BIBLE TEXT: 18 Jesus came forward and addressed His beloved disciples.
Jesus: I am here speaking with all the authority of God, who has commanded Me to give you this commission: 19 Go out and make disciples in all the nations. Ceremonially wash them through baptism in the name of the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 20 Then disciple them. Form them in the practices and postures that I have taught you, and show them how to follow the commands I have laid down for you. And I will be with you, day after day, to the end of the age.
APPLICATION: In reading Matthew 28, you will find that when the two Mary’s visited the tomb of Jesus after His burial, the angel intervened and told them that there was no need to go any further, for Jesus had risen, just as He said He would. He instructed them to now ‘Go and Tell’ (tell His disciples). Friends, many of us attend church each week and rejoice at meeting with our risen Lord. We are then instructed by our respective pastors to ‘Go and Tell’ the Good News to all that we come into contact with. Oh Lord Jesus, we know that You never did, and never will, give commands or say things intended to make us feel good. If You said it, then we could go to the bank with that. If You said it, then You expect us to be obedient children and follow through with what You commanded. Later in this same chapter when Jesus met with His disciples for the first time after His resurrection, He continued the same message as the angel started – ‘Go and Tell’ all people, everywhere, the Good News of His death, burial and resurrection. As they received the message, and as they surrendered their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, then baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. And, by the way, Jesus said that He would be with all disciples as they share the Good News, right up until the very end of time. So friends, here’s the scoop. Jesus is telling us that we are to obey His commands to ‘Go and Tell’, and we could do that confidently and without fear, for He will be with us at all times. If you are commissioned into the military or for any other job, I don’t believe that you will ever have quite the comfort as awarded by our Savior in His commission. Let’s just get busy about the Lord’s work fellow Christians! For those who have chosen to refrain from accepting the lordship of our King, please know that God made the ultimate sacrifice to facilitate the forgiveness of our sin. He had to watch, without interfering, while His precious Son gave His own life so that we might have life everlasting in heaven with the Father and the Son. Won’t you reconsider the offer that He gives today and surrender your life to Jesus? As your earthly friend, it would do my heart good to know that each reader has decided to follow Jesus, no turning back now, or ever.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: God gave the command, ‘Go and Tell’, for us to follow, but He also offered that He would be with us every step of the way. No worries, just do it!
PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for Your gracious sacrifice for our ultimate good. You showed love so amazing that we could only say thank You from the very bottom of our heart. Lord, You gave us work to do while here among people who desperately need You. The world has become so bitter and so against anything that appears God-related. They need You Lord. Although we feel so inadequate, You have demanded that we ‘Go and Tell’, but not to worry, You will be with us until the very end. Please remind us of this promise each time that we feel inadequate in sharing the Gospel with others. Oh that those in our circle of influence will see Jesus in us and desire to also know Him personally! Please be our strength and give us boldness and an urgency to obediently follow Your Great Commission. AMEN!
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