This weekend in my facebook Bible study group, we did a little mini-Bible study challenge, and I wanted to give you the chance to learn what we all learned this weekend. We started by reading about what Jesus commanded His followers to do right before He ascended back up to Heaven after the resurrection. (Matthew 28:16-20)
I chose this passage for Easter weekend on purpose, because I reminds us of a very important part of Easter. The day AFTER.
I love this time of the year when we all take the time to remember what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. His death paid the penalty for our sins. That means that He was punished for something that you (and I…all of us in fact) did. He was blameless, pure and without fault, but He endured the punishment so that we wouldn’t have to. His death and resurrection tore down the barriers that kept us from God and paved the way for each of us to have eternal life with Him. His death changed EVERYTHING!
But once we grasp exactly how profound His sacrifice was and accept His gift of unconditional forgiveness, what do we do with it?
Jesus last words to His followers contain a command that we should all pay attention to.
Lives are literally at stake.
Those who don’t know and understand what Jesus Christ did for them are on the line.
Knowing that there are so many people out there who don’t know Jesus Christ in a real and personal way should light a fire in your soul to share with them the good news that you’ve found.
That Jesus Christ came and lived, died and rose again for them, just like He did for you.
This isn’t a gift we should keep to ourselves.
It’s not something we learn and should keep private.
Jesus commands us to: “Go and make disciples (followers of Jesus Christ) of all nations”
This may mean you tell your friends, you family, your neighbors.
Your co-workers, parents or even your Uber-driver. My point is, God gives us little moments in our lives, when the time is right to share our faith with someone who desperately needs to hear it. This doesn’t mean that every time you open your mouth you have to profess your testimony. But instead, it calls us to live lives that reflect His goodness and love, and when the moment is right to share our faith and draw others to know Jesus Christ through the way He has worked in your life.
It can be scary, I’m not going to lie. Often times when I feel God prompting me to share my faith with someone or even worse…pray out loud with someone (!) my palms sweat, my heart races and I may even begin to get a little shaky. And I can very easily talk myself out of it in those moments to spare myself any feared rejection or embarrassment. But those heart pounding moments, where you know God is calling you to speak out loud are most often the moments where that person you are talking to desperately needs to hear what God did for you and what He will do for them.
By sharing God’s love and mercy to others, you are spreading His Gospel message of salvation, and making disciples. Just as He called us to do.
Jesus commands us to share the good news with those around us as much as we can. Who knows…maybe your words will open the eyes of someone who doesn’t yet understand what Christ did for them.
How awesome would that be?!?!
This year, let’s celebrate “After-Easter”. The days after the resurrection when Jesus proved to all of the doubters who He really is and what He just accomplished on the cross a few days before.
Let’s celebrate that while we know and understand the magnitude of what His sacrifice means to us for eternity, there are still many people in our lives who don’t yet know. And let’s think about how we can honor Jesus last words to “Go and make disciples”. And let’s share what He did in our lives and show His Gift to those that He has placed before us ♥️
Are you ready???
In the comments below, please share how you react when you feel God nudging you to talk about your faith. How does it make you feel? Scared? Anxious? Excited? Let’s talk about that…
Bible Journaling Prompts
Apply what you’ve learned
♡ In your journal, please write out a summary of what the Bible says in Matthew 28:16-20. Then answer the following questions: