May 28, 2018

What I read today

Exodus 5-6; Psalm 28; Isaiah 28; Matthew 28; 1 Corinthians 12

In Matthew 28 verses 18-20 Jesus tells his disciples; 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.”

Some people might wonder if we need Jesus and the great commission today. Making disciples is difficult in a world where the very mention of Christianity seems to cause some people to fly into a rage.

But I believe that we need the great commission more today than ever before.

In that past 3 months, we’ve seen two school shootings, 187 homicides in Chicago alone, threats of war with Iran and North Korea, politicians who seem determined to destroy the other party and forget about working together for the common good, corporations so intent on making profits that the prices of life-saving medications are now so expensive many simply can’t afford them.

Yep, I would say we need the great commission today more than ever.

In spite of everything that is happening in the world today, we can hold fast to the promise Jesus left, not only his disciples but each one of us, that he would be with us to the end of the age.

He’s here not as some formless words on a page, but he’s here in our presence right this very instant.  He’s with the person in ICU waiting for surgery.  He’s with the police officer patrolling a high crime neighborhood.  He’s with the soldier who’s in a war zone in Afghanistan or Syria.  He’s here and he’s in charge.

The world may not think it needs Jesus great commission.  But you and I, we no better!

Live out the great commission today!

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