Unlimited: Go Into All the World
Jul 16, 2021 288
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15, NIV).
The risen Lord appeared to his followers as they are gathered together, and he rebuked them for their stubborn refusal to believe.
He then told them what the next steps would be.
I wonder what punishment he will give them?
This is the short version of what we call the Great Commission.
It’s important to understand that in its proper context, when Jesus tells his disciples to preach the gospel to all creation, the gospel specifically refers to what he has achieved at the Cross. And by the Cross, I mean both his atoning death and resurrection.
The Cross is both the culmination and manifestation of everything Jesus taught. That’s why, in the longer version of the Great Commission that we find in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells them to teach all nations to obey everything he has commanded them.
The Great Commission: Go Into All the World
Here, Jesus tells his followers what to do, where to do it, and the instructions for how to do it. The “what” is to “go”. The “where” is “into all the world.” The instructions are to “preach the Gospel to all creation.”
It’s significant that just after rebuking them for their stubborn refusal to believe, instead of firing them, Jesus gives them the greatest job ever!
No matter where you’re at in your relationship with Jesus, he’s calling you to do the same.
“Get up and go!” he says, “I have a job for you!”
When you realise that the Gospel is such great Good News, you won’t be able to help yourself from answering the call of the Lord. You too will go into all the world and announce the Gospel to all creation.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Are you participating in the Great Commission? Are you excited about the Gospel? Have you really understood it? Let the power of God lead you to overflow the gospel story to your neighbours and community.