Sunday, Mission Dei
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The context of this passage is three days after the crucifixion of Jesus and the stone in front of his grave has been rolled away! When Mary Magdalene along with the other Mary went to the tomb, they were met by a messenger of the Lord saying I know you have come to see Jesus but “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” That’s when Jesus greeted them and they fell to their knees and worshiped him. Could you imagine how you would feel, having followed this man for years? He was worth you giving up social status, worth giving up your possessions, worth everything to you. He dies and three days later, like he said he would, he rose from the grave. How would you react? Would you hang on to every word he speaks? Would you cling to the him (Jesus) that much more?
When we look at this passage and the command Jesus gives to “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations”, we can conclude that those who have followed Jesus lived life with him, have heard the teachings of the Messiah, and have now been called to walk in the same way that Jesus walked on this earth. Called to dare eat with those who are outcast, to serve and love those who are not easy to love. Called to teach others the ways of the Jesus (multiply), to love as he has loved us. Therefore, we see just as the Father sent Jesus and he sent the Holy Spirit, so God sends us to play our role in His purposes in the earth. Being sent is in our collective identity. In our job description as Followers of Jesus, we dedicate our lives to the mission of taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Ask the Question: Does my life permeate the idea of being sent?
I ask that the Church would be a people that see the urgency and need for a Gospel presence in the midst of darkness in our neighborhoods, cities and throughout the world. That we as a people are called to go to those places and be the salt of the earth, the city on a hill, and as a result point glorify our heavenly Father. I pray that we may go to these places and teach others the ways of Jesus, to baptize them in the name of the father, son, and Holy Spirit. I pray through embracing our identity as a sent people that everything would be shaped by these words “Go, Therefore”.