JESUS COMMANDED HIS DISCIPLES
Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, whom He cast out seven demons, early Sunday morning after He rose from the dead, and she told the disciples, but they did not believe her. Afterward, Jesus appeared to two of His disciples who were walking from Jerusalem into the country, and they hurriedly went back to the rest of the disciples to let them know, but they did not believe them either. Later that evening, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples while they ate and believed in Him. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead. Jesus then commanded them, saying, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed." (Mark 16:9-18).
After Jesus appeared to his disciples, He commanded them to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. God wanted to save the rest of humanity through His disciples. God could easily send His angels to do the job, but He wanted to use His disciples because they had a personal relationship with Him, and He would empower them with His power to be His witnesses. They would be able to cast out demons, heal the sick, speak in other languages, and be protected from snake bites and anything poisonous. Similarly, God wants us to be His witnesses of His Good News. So how do we share God's Good News or be witnesses? We simply tell them about the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus and encourage them to believe in Him as their Lord and Savior. We can tell them that Jesus died for our sins for our forgiveness, and we received a new and eternal life in His resurrection. And it is only through faith in Jesus that we can be saved. Anyone who believed the Good News would be saved, and those who would reject it would be condemned.
Jesus wants us to share the Good News with others. We are already saved because we believe in the Good News, but others have not had the opportunity to believe. Let us be courageous to share our faith when God gives us the opportunity. Have a blessed day today!
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully and meditate on the questions while answering these questions, and let the Spirit of God speaks to you) What is the Good News? How does the Good News affect my life? Am I willing to share the Good News with someone when God gives me the opportunity?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for your Good News. Please give me the courage and guidance to share your Good News with others. It is only through faith in Jesus that anyone can be saved. I pray for my families and friends who still do not believe in you that they will believe and surrender their lives to you. In Your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.