This week we come to the finale of our series, Dream Big. Hopefully, this is not an ending, but a beginning of a conversation on how to build a multicultural church. Our text this week is from the end of Matthew’s gospel, commonly called “The Great Commission.” Jesus gives his final instructions to his disciples about the mission for the church.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 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,
20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
There’s a reason this commissioning happens shortly after the resurrection. The good news the disciples are to proclaim is that Jesus is raised from the dead.
But get this: Resurrection is THE decisive event for the salvation of the world. A resurrection faith is not merely a matter of believing that a dead body came back to life. Amazing as that is, it’s not the whole story.
Resurrection faith is living with this new reality that the story of Easter Sunday means the whole world is being remade. It means new life is possible. Not only are we being saved, we are being restored in our relationship with God, and also with each other. Resurrection not only calls for us to fall on our faces and worship the Lord, but it also sends us out with the good news to share Jesus with all the nations.
How are you practicing an awareness of the resurrection in your daily life?
Mighty God, who sends your disciples into the world to tell the good news of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, make me bold to leave my comfortable places and venture out to where the people are, that I may love them, that they may know you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.