Blog Post for Sunday, April 15, 2018
What’s so “great” about the Great Commission?
According to the gospel-writer Matthew, the final words of the risen Jesus before He ascended to the right hand of His Father’s throne was for His church to go and make disciples of all the nations of the earth. For the last 2,000 years, with many fits and starts, the church has been slowly carrying out that commission. While the word “great” does not appear in the biblical text, most Christians commonly refer to Jesus’ commandment here as the “GREAT Commission.” But what is so “great” about it? What does it mean for us to be a church who carries out this commission? What does this mean for our daily lives?
Over the next few weeks, we will explore more in-depth this “great” commission which Jesus gives to the church. As I hope to show, we can’t really talk about the mission of the church without talking about Jesus as the King; and we can’t talk about Jesus as the King without talking about His kingdom; and we can’t talk about His kingdom without talking about the wider story-line which the Bible gives us. And for me, the wider story-line of the bible is all about God’s desire to make a “residence” – a home! – for Himself amongst His people. In other words, the God we meet in the bible is one that is intensely personal, knowable and relational. Therefore, the kingship of Jesus is all about this personal, knowable and relational God making His “home” in the hearts and lives of His people!
I look forward to sharing more with you this coming Sunday!
Be blessed this week!
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