Wednesday Word 5.10.2017

Matthew 28:16-20 New International Version

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

One of the passages that guides my life is within this reading.  I chose it for one of the  altar cloths when we opened our new sanctuary. It is the very essence of our church’s name. It illuminates my days, no matter how dark.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus Christ.  He tells us so.  He also tells us exactly what is expected of us. And then he tells us that without a shadow of a doubt, with absolute certainty, that he will be with us every step of the way.  Not just for a while.  Not just until you get on your feet.  To the very end of the world, according to the King James Version. To the end of the age; until the end of time as we know it. God the Son is with us.

What this passage doesn’t say is that Jesus will magically make everything hunky-dory for his disciples.  It doesn’t say that really bad stuff will never happen to you. It doesn’t say go and do this whenever it is convenient for you.  This is what Our Savior wants of us.  He has already given us everything.  He has pledged to be with us throughout our time in this world until we are with him in the next. How can we not do our very best to fulfill The Great Commission…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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