Yesterday many Christians around the world celebrated Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Our Christ, Lord and Savior. And what a grand occasion it is to celebrate, the fulfillment of one of God’s most endearing and lasting promises, the promise to return man to right standing with Him. Now that the day has passed we return to our weekly routines, complaining about Monday, going to work and so on and so on. We are apt to forget the mystical, supernatural touch of God on yesterday. The realization of it in a Christian’s life is the beginning of a renewal of a missionary life in Jesus Christ.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” The basis of missionary appeals is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the heathen. We sometime look upon Our Lord as one who assists us in our everyday enterprises for God, Jesus is far more than just an assistant. He has been placed as the absolute ruler and supreme Lord of all of his disciples. He does not say the heathens will be loss on the day after Easter if you do not go; he simply says—“Go ye therefore and teach all nations.” Go on the revelation knowledge of my sovereignty, teach and preach out of a living experience of Me, an experience you celebrated yesterday.
The key to the missionary message we are to take to all nations on the day after is the propitiation of Christ Jesus, his sacrifice to reconcile us back to good standing with God. Take a look at any phase of Christ’s work—the healing phase, the saving and sanctifying phase; there is nothing limitless about those. “The Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world”—that is limitless. The missionary message is the limitless significance of Jesus Christ as the propitiation for our sins, and a missionary is one who is soaked in that revelation.
A missionary is one who is married to the character of his Lord and Master; he has no need to proclaim his own point of view, but to proclaim the Lamb of God. It is easier to belong to a group which tells what Jesus Christ has done for me, easier to become a devotee to Divine healing, or to a special type of sanctification, or to the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Paul did not say—“Woe is unto me, if I do not preach what Christ has done for me.” But—“Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.” This is the Gospel—“The Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world,” rose from the tomb on yesterday.
“Go ye therefore.” Go simply means live. Acts 1:8 is the description of how we go. Jesus did not say—Go into Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, but “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me” in all these places. He has laid the foundation for our going. “If ye abide in Me, and my words abide in you,” that is the way to keep going in our personal lives. Where we are placed is a matter of indifference, God engineers the going.
“None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself.” That is how to keep going until we are gone. We started our journeys anew on yesterday and we continue our missionary work on the day after and the day after and the day after for the rest of our Christian lives. The message is—He is not dead, he is risen indeed, as he said. I thank God for blessing you to be a blessing to someone else in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- The Implications of the Resurrection (marybolick.wordpress.com)
- I Was There At The Empty Tomb On Resurrection Morning. Really. (stevensawyer.wordpress.com)
- resurrection of Jesus (brakeman1.wordpress.com)