Monday, January 15, 2018

When Jesus sends us

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:16-20

Let’s focus today on verse 18.  Jesus started the Great Commission with the reminder that He’s the one that has all authority in heaven and earth.  It is through this authority that we can do any ministry. 

It was late in the day and the fog started coming in and school was out.  Aditya traveled to this little village to share the good news of Jesus.  He shared in a small local school, where families gathered and the principal spoke up angrily, saying, “I just have no need for God because I have science and that’s enough.” Even so, Aditya continued to preach the good news and afterward people came up to him and asked him to pray for them.  As you could imagine, in a small village everybody knows everybody else and they know all about everyone’s problems. One young boy was deaf and mute and the mother asked Aditya to pray for him. Aditya laid hands on him and asked God to heal the young boy in Jesus’ name and immediately the boy was healed. 

The crowd was excited and wanted to follow this God who can heal.  The principal knew this young boy and his family and exclaimed, “There is no explanation for this in medical science. I now believe you, that there is one God and I want to trust in this Jesus that you’re teaching about.” 

There was a big spiritual harvest that day.  When Jesus sends us, He gives us His authority. Let’s go out boldly!

Lord, today I ask that you would work among the educated class in India. We pray that they would see their need for Christ. I pray also for those here at home, that Your work would be evident and that people would come to follow You.

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