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Greater Promises

Take a moment to consider all that Jesus's disciples had experienced and seen. In three years, Jesus chose them one by one, revealed Himself as the Son of God, performed miracles, suffered, died, rose from the dead, told them they would be empowered to reach the world in His name and then ascended into heaven. The disciples must have been hanging on His every word each time Jesus appeared to them as a resurrected man. When Jesus rose from the dead, it gave immediate validity and authority to His words, and you know the disciples became obsessed with His very last command. Go, make, baptize and teach. "I am with you always..." What a great responsibility; the followers of Jesus now had the charge to share the story of Jesus with the entire world. However, anytime God calls us to great responsibility, He offers a greater promise: “I am with you always.”

Jesus’s last command was not just about the disciples—they were about those who were to come, the multitude these apostles would reach. Jesus’s last command was about the church that He would build, and it was for you and me. We serve a God that has the ability to look 2,000 years down the road and speak with authority and promise of what is to come. This God wants a relationship with people: those who know Him already and those who have yet to respond to His grace. The Church is the vehicle by which He becomes known to outsiders. It started with twelve men who had spent time with Jesus, and it spread to millions. By the power of God, Christians have been reaching new people with the Gospel for two thousand years. What a thing to entrust to fallible humans. If normal everyday people can spread life-transforming truth to others, and it WORKS, it must be legitimate. He must be real.

Reflect:

  • How have you seen the power of God working through “normal” people?
  • What does the resurrection prove about Jesus’ commands and promises?
  • Who is the one person in your life that you want to meet Jesus? Pray for that person now.

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