Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 22nd

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The Great Commission. After Jesus rose from the dead, He spent 40 more days proving that He is alive and preparing His followers to continue His mission after He returned to heaven to be with His Father. Matthew 28:16-20 “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus directed the disciples to go to a mountain where He appeared to them again. They worshiped Him, but some still doubted. On the mountain, Jesus gave the disciples the Great Commission. First, He stated that all authority had been given to Him. Through the resurrection, the Father gave Jesus far more than Satan had promised. Matthew 4:8-9 “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms and their splendor. All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”  Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God subjected everything to His Son. Because of Jesus’ authority, He commanded His disciples to go into the world and preach the gospel, the good news about Him.

I need to be reminded that Jesus said that unbelievers will know we are Christians by our love.  John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” We are called to strengthen, edify, and build up people through God’s Word into maturity with Christ. (FaithLife)

The Great Commission isn’t just for missionaries all around the world, it is for you and me too. We, as believers, are called to share the gospel with others. God has given us a mission and gives us power through the Holy Spirit to obey this calling. We are called to this mission in different ways, pray that God shows you an open door to share His good news with others today and everyday.

Whatever we do, we must not treat the Great Commission like it’s the Great Suggestion. (Swindoll)

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