Resurrection Directive

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Today's reading: Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-19; Luke 24:36-49

After Jesus' resurrection, He appears to the disciples and reveals to them their mission going forward. The Gospels of Matthew and Mark contain what we refer to as the "Great Commission."

"'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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you...'" (Matthew 28:19-20).

"And he said to them, "'Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation'" (Mark 16:15).

Luke tells us that Jesus opened the disciples' minds so that they could understand the Scriptures, and that He then told them, "that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations" (vs. 47).

As 21st century Christ-followers, the Great Commission--the directive to proclaim Jesus to all people--absolutely applies to us. That means we are to be about the business of telling people about God's love for them by making Jesus Christ known to everyone around us.

Is it your practice to tell people (those you know and those you encounter) about Jesus? Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. Who do you know that needs to hear about Jesus? Will you invite them to church? Choosing to follow Jesus' directive could change their life forever! Tami

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Yes, I have told people about Jesus, and invited them to church.
But I need to practice more.
I need to witnessing more, praying for the lost more,praying and giving to missions/missionaries more.

"Choosing to follow Jesus' directive could change their life forever!" Tami

I did have the opportunity to read the Matthew account Sat. of the crucifixion. I have been challenged by my bible study along with you in this study to present the word to a non believer, and possibly invite the person to church. I have to relate story to you of a chance happening in a grocery store. I and my wife bought a few items , and were checking out . I went to pay and an item was in my way to run my credit card , I asked the man if I could move the item ,he said yes and asked if I would put the item on his tray ,I said yes, and then I noticed his hands and he had lost most of his fingers to the second digit. I paid and my wife said you need to pay for his meal, which I did. He thanked us with a smile and I said God Bless .He said he lost his fingers due to frost bite in Wisc. over the winter. He likely is in a homeless community outside of town We said good bye. As I walked away I felt I needed to do more ,so I went back and put some cash on his tray .He came back over to me ,and what happened next blew me away. I put my hand on his shoulder he put his on mine and he looked at me and said "Do You Know God?" I said Yes and he said I'll see you on the other side.
I am amazed at what God showed me, that this gentleman with all the problem s he is enduring could express the love of God to me and hopefully I was able to show the love of God to him , in of all places a grocery store restaurant. What a great Easter gift from God.

Larry--Thank you for sharing this story about the man you and your wife encountered at the grocery store restaurant. What a sweet confirmation and encouragement for you!

I had something similar happen just a couple of weeks back--and it was at the grocery store too. As I was leaving the store and approaching my car with my purchases, I noticed a family who had parked near me. They looked quite poor. There were two men and an older woman in the car and as the men were getting out I decided to try and talk to them and just be friendly. But the men wouldn't look at me. They just kept looking down at the ground. I proceeded on to my car and started loading up some flower plants I had purchased. I heard the woman say "Oh, look at those pretty flowers" and then a few seconds later she was right behind me and said, "Excuse me. Can I ask you a question?" I assumed she was going to ask me about the flowers, but instead she asked,"Do you believe in God and prayer?" I told her yes and then she invited me to join with her in praising God for the car they had pulled up in. You see, she and her sons didn't have a vehicle and someone in their church had just delivered the car as a gift. She was SO excited and was proclaiming God and His goodness to all who could hear. We talked about bit about God and hugged in the parking lot before she headed into the grocery store almost skipping with joy. I KNOW that many people heard about God in that store as she shopped. I thought I was going to encourage her and her family, and she ended up encouraging and blessing me in a huge way.

Your story reminded me of this encounter again today and made me smile. Thank you!!

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