Thursday, 7 June 2018

They went out

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. – Mark 18.19-20

…and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them.

We have a glimpse of the beginning of the book of Acts here. The disciples finally got their act together and were together when Jesus told them to go into the world and preach the gospel. He was then carried away into heaven. Finally, for the first time maybe since their calling, they just obeyed. They went out and preached the gospel.

Not only that, they went out and they preached everywhere they went. When we read Jesus’ last words on earth that is really what we should all be doing. The charge to the disciples is just as alive today as it was when Jesus gave it. The charge was clear. ‘Go into all the world.’ ‘You will be witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth.’ Obviously, these 12 could not accomplish all of that so the charge falls on all of us.

Part of the reason they could go and part of the reason we can go is in the next line – the Lord was working with them. He will work with us.

These guys did as Jesus said. How are you and I doing? 

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