Christ’s Great Commission is a mandate not a suggestion to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world.
He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus told His disciples to go throughout the world telling everyone that He paid the penalty for our sins and those who believe in Him can be forgiven and live eternally with our Father in Heaven.
Christians today in all parts of the world are preaching the Gospel to people who have not heard it. The driving power that carries missionaries around the world and sets Christ’s church in motion is the faith that comes from the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Do you ever feel you don’t have the skill or determination to be a witness for Christ?
You must personally realize that Jesus rose from the dead and lives for you today. As you grow in your relationship with Him, He will give you both the opportunity and the inner strength to tell His message.
As Christians, the Great Commission is our responsibility not our choice.
We are to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ from now until He returns again. We will get the strength from the Holy Spirit.
7 He (Jesus) said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or the dates, which the Father has fixed by His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Just as in the disciples’ time, there are people today that doubt the resurrection of Jesus. But Jesus appeared to the disciples on many occasions after His resurrection, proving He was alive.
Look at the change the resurrection made in the disciples’ lives.
At Jesus’ death they scattered. They were disillusioned and feared for their lives. After seeing the resurrected Christ, they were fearless and risked everything to spread the Good News about Him around the world.
They knew Jesus was raised from the dead, and the early church was on fire with their enthusiasm to tell others.
It is important to know this so we can have confidence in their testimony. And 2,000 years later we can still be confident that our faith is based on fact.
We too should be filled the the same fire that filled the early Christians. The Holy Spirit will fill you with that fire if you just ask Him.
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and so we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also boast in tribulation, knowing that tribulation produces patience, 4 patience produces character, and character produces hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Go forth and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!