Resurrection morning: most significant event in human history. The day truly began in awesome fashion, but the day wasn’t over! The most demanding, challenging, and life-defining words Jesus spoke were delivered at the END of the day!
John’s Gospel records Jesus appearing to His disciples Resurrection evening. When He appeared in the middle of a room without walking through the door He definitely had the disciples’ attention! What He said defines the life of every Christian: As the Father sent Me, so send I you. Nine words that say so much! That is Jesus’ commission of those men and all Christians of all time. Jesus elaborated on this first commission in the other Gospels as well as the book of Acts. Each book records Jesus commissioning His disciples. In the chronology of events, the commission in John was first and the four that followed help us understand what those nine words really meant.
Look through Scripture and see what Jesus does and what He says. What you find is what you are supposed to be doing. May I paraphrase? As He did, you and I are to do. He healed the sick, comforted the hurting, prayed for others, confronted wrong, equipped others, taught others, and brought a message of forgiveness. How are we doing so far?
Jesus said, “I am come that they might life and that more abundantly.” Are our words and actions that which give life to those around us? Do people flourish or perish in our sphere of influence? Are we responsible for abundance in our ministries or are we the reason they struggle? Do we believe and exhibit faith, or do we rely on what we see and what we ‘know‘ to be true?
This could go on for a while, but the point is made. Remember those nine words of Jesus from Resurrection evening. Ordering life by them really will change our lives and come to think of it, that was the point!