Just prior to His ascension, Jesus told His disciples to “go make disciples of all notions, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28.19).
The Gospel is “good news.” It is an expression of love from a gracious God for His earthly creation. Jesus is our Savior, our Redeemer. He reconciled us to God through His death (2 Corinthians 5.17-19; Ephesians 2.12-16). And He delivered us from the bondage of death by His resurrection (Romans 6.3-9).
The Gospel is the “good news” the world needs to hear. It’s the message Holyoke and Imperial need to hear! The privilege of making that message known has been entrusted to us. If our salvation was of such importance to God that He sacrificed His only Son, how much importance do you think He would want us to place upon the proclamation of that message?
We are Christians. We are called after Him who died for us. We claim to have made Him the Lord of our lives. We wear His name. That calling and privilege has responsibility as well as reward. And it will be a tragic mistake to think that we shall receive the reward without accepting the responsibility.
Christians, disciples of Christ: we wear His name because He redeemed us, forgave us, and adopted us into His family (Ephesians 1.3-12). Matthew 10.24 reminds us that “a disciple is not above his teacher.” Jesus had a purpose, a mission in coming to earth and dwelling among us. Luke 19.10 records that mission in His own words: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Because we are His disciples, His mission is now our mission. We are His servants, His ministers, His messengers, His hands, His feet, and His mouth. Our mission is to make known the “good news” of salvation in His name. Our mission is to herald the coming Day of the Lord when every soul must stand before His judgment seat. Our mission is to “to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2.9). Our mission is to be transformed into His image that others might see in us “Christ the hope of glory” (Colossians 1.27).
May God bless us and help us all to be constantly conscious of the urgency of our mission – our sacred calling to be His bearers of the Good News!