Week Nine - Day Three
What do I say and do in his Mission?
Luke 24:44-49 - Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should su er and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the prom- ise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Luke’s writing gives us additional details about the Great Commission. In Matthew 28, we see Jesus giving clear instructions to “Go” into all the world and make dis- ciples. Luke helps us understand how we make disciples.
In verses 46-47, Jesus wanted them to understand that the cross was not an unfor- tunate obstacle, but a necessary part of God’s plan for salvation. It is in the name of a crucified and risen Savior that forgiveness of sins is brought to the world.
Jesus told the disciples that they were witnesses of these momentous experiences. Not only were they witnesses of the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also of the commission to spread the gospel. Like the first disciples, we receive salvation the same way that they did: by realizing we are sinners des- perately in need of a Savior and by believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay for our sins. If we have accepted his free gift of salvation, we have a testimony of God’s work in our lives and we are witnesses of a new life (Roman 6:4). An integral part of this new life is the mission associated with it. We not only have salvation through Jesus, but we have a mission to go and tell others about this new life in Jesus.
- In your own words, what did Jesus say we tell others?
- Jesus said the disciples were witnesses/ They could tell others what Jesus had done for them. Recall the apprenticeship module in Week 1 and write down a testimony of God's faithfulness.
- Practice sharing your testimony this week with a friend, family member or someone from your Discipleship Group so you are comfortable with it.