Dear Church Family,
Today we continue our examination of Jesus’ vision for the church laid out for us in the Great Commission.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.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 that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV emphasis mine)
Once Jesus established his authority over heaven and earth, he exercised that authority by commissioning the church to go and make disciples of all the nations. It is worth noting that the church would be established in the days immediately following this commission. The book of Acts is a record of Jesus establishing his church on the earth through the ministry of the disciples. They shared about Jesus will those “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV)
When Jesus called the first disciples, they were fishermen. He told them that he would make them fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19) As a child, my grandfather used to take my brother and me fishing. We would often pull our lines out of the water just to make sure there was still a worm on our hook. He often reminded us that, “You can’t catch fish if your hook’s not in the water!”
When catching people for Jesus, we must keep our hooks in the water. Jesus calls us to go. If we are to make disciples, we must go out and meet people. We must go and tell them about what God has done for us. Too many church members hope that people will come to church to hear about Jesus but they never go out to meet people and share their faith. They are like fishermen who not only keep their hooks out of the water, they stay home! Jesus’ call on our lives is to go. We must go and fish where people are, we must tell them about our Savior.