3 ASPECTS OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
A few years ago we had a ribbon cutting ceremony to open our new building. We had been in a construction phase for nearly two years, and now we were moving to an operation phase. There was so much excitement among our people. It seemed like I was cutting a ribbon to start a race or turning a switch to start a large machine. In my mind I was thinking, “Here we go.” There were so many possibilities to use this space to do more for Christ.
In Mark 16, the disciples were at an obvious transition in their lives. They had sat at the feet of Jesus and now they were receiving instruction from the Lord Himself. They were commissioned by Him to tell the world the Gospel message before His ascension back to Heaven. Now it is time for them to go to work! This was a defining moment in their lives. No doubt they were thinking, “Well, here we go.”
IT WAS AN EXCITING OCCUPATION
Mark 16:20 says, “And they went forth, and preached every where….” The disciples literally turned the world upside down with the Gospel. These men quickly reproduced themselves and the church began to multiply into hundreds of thousands of people in a few short months. People were saved from lives of sin. Homes were restored. Men like Timothy and Titus were called to preach. The Gospel spread like wildfire. There was tremendous momentum and excitement as they preached and sinners were changed.
IT WAS AN EXPANSIVE OPERATION
This passage says they “preached everywhere.” The Bible indicates that the whole world heard the Gospel during the time the disciples walked the earth. We start in our own city and work our way into all the world at the same time (Acts 1:8). This is the Bible plan. We are to go from house to house, spreading the glorious news of salvation. We should work at not missing one soul!
IT WAS AN EFFECTIVE COOPERATION
Mark 16:20 continues saying, “…the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” God promised to help them carry out this task. He confirmed their words with signs! The disciples were endowed with amazing gifts. I want to call attention to the fact that God worked with those who went forth and preached the Gospel! This was a holy cooperation between our Lord and a born again Christian who is filled with the Spirit of God Almighty. When you and I take the Gospel and say, “Here we go,” we are inviting the Lord to cooperate with us with mighty power to see souls saved and lives changed! Christians need to get excited about the power of God to save souls. This is the job of the church, and He has promised to help us.
It is time for the church to say, “Here we go.” We have sat around long enough. It is time we go forth and preach the Gospel everywhere. It’s an exciting job! There is much area to cover, but God has promised His power. So here we go Sunday school teachers. Here we go staff. Here we go choir. Here we go deacons. Here we go church family! Let’s reach the world for Christ!