He Is Risen, Indeed!
Today’s Reading: Mark 16
Key Verse: Mark 16:15
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
It’s a fact! Jesus is literally and physically risen from the dead and is alive forevermore. This is the cornerstone of the Church. According to Dr. Paul Maier, Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, this is the most reliable truth from the First Century in terms of documentation and reason for the exceedingly rapid growth of the Church. Prior to His death, except for the time Jesus sent out His followers on a practice run (Luke 10), He carried the ministry of the Word and the Holy Spirit Himself. The miraculous confirmation of the Word with miracles following was a normal occurrence. Now, Jesus passes the mission on to you and me, His followers. He commissions us to “Go!” When an imperative in grammar is spoken or written, the “You” is said to be “understood.” Do we really understand? I believe the answer is “Yes!”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I hear You “Loud and Clear.” By Your grace and my obedience, we are obeying Your command to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” It’s a given that I’m going in my strong intercessory prayers, in my sacrificial giving of my money, and in my time. I say with Isaiah, as I read in Isaiah 6:1-8, “Here am I, send me.” In Your all-powerful Name, Jesus Christ, I pray. AMEN!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My father, Roy Mainse, served in the Canadian army in World War I. At 21, while still in the service, he made a decision that would change his life forever. He experienced a conversion to Jesus Christ. Jesus became his Lord. As soon as he was honorably discharged he made his way to Ottawa in 1918 to study for Christian ministry. In 1924, he responded to a call to serve God in Egypt. There he participated in planting approximately 50 congregations. He would preach in each village for three weeks and at the end of that time, people formed what was called in Methodist terms, a “society.” This continued for years along with training Egyptian pastors to care for each congregation. My father heard and obeyed Jesus say, “Go!”
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