A Message to All Nations


“It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’” Luke 24:47 NLT


One of the amazing things about Jesus and the Gospel, is that He committed the task of reaching the entire world with the Good News to us, the church. This is called the Great Commission. It is Jesus’ final instructions to His followers before He leaves planet earth.


Probably the most famous commission passage is found in Matthew 28:19-20. The NKJV states: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


A slightly different shorter version is found in Mark 16:15. The NLT version says it this way: “And then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”


Luke records a third summation of the Great Commission in Acts 1:8 we read: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”


I have preached messages from all these passages. There is one other reference to this Great Commission that is not as well known. In fact, I have referenced this passage quite a bit over the years, but never preached a message from this verse as a great commission verse.


It is found in Luke 24:47. The resurrected Jesus has just explained all the scripture references about Himself to the Emmaus disciples and adds: “It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’” NLT


At Rose of Sharon, we want to be identified as a Great Commission Church. For 143 years we have been a part of this commission given over 2000 years ago. We participate in the commission here in Durham as we share Christ with our neighbors. We support mission efforts in our state, our nation, and the world.


This past summer we had members take this message to France and to Armenia. On October 23 we will host an IMB missionary who served in a nation closed to the gospel. He will share his work during our worship service.


The commission is still the same, no matter which verse you use. We are the ones Jesus has entrusted with spreading the Good News about Him.


I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor,

Jeff

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