Our assignment

By: Lisa Wilmore

Jesus was despised, rejected, and bruised for our iniquities. He was buried in a borrowed tomb, but he rose from the dead with all authority in both heaven and earth. According to the Gospel of Luke, after the resurrection, he appears to his disciples and gives them a commission to preach repentance and remission of sins among all nations. And said unto them, “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. ” (Luke 24: 46-48).

Jesus gives his disciples an assignment to go into all the world and tell everyone that he paid the penalty for sin and those who believe will be saved. God wants all in the world to hear the good news of salvation. As Jesus obeyed and completed the assignment from his Father, we too must obey and complete our assignment.    Jesus was despised, rejected, and bruised for our iniquities. He was buried in a borrowed tomb, but he rose from the dead with all authority in both heaven and earth. According to the Gospel of Luke, after the resurrection, he appears to his disciples and gives them a commission to preach repentance and remission of sins among all nations. And said unto them, “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. ” (Luke 24: 46-48).

Jesus gives his disciples an assignment to go into all the world and tell everyone that he paid the penalty for sin and those who believe will be saved. God wants all in the world to hear the good news of salvation. As Jesus obeyed and completed the assignment from his Father, we too must obey and complete our assignment. During a visit with a friend in the hospital, I had an opportunity to share Christ with six young men who were eating in the cafeteria.  As I sat across from them and watched their interaction with each other, it was evident that they were enjoying each other’s company and basked in the fellowship at that present moment.  I must admit, there was a great tug in my heart to share with them what God has done for us through his son. Well, I fought the desire to go to their table to share Christ because I really believed that they would reject me. However, that thought was quickly dispelled from my mind. They would not reject me-they would reject Christ.

So, after I finished eating, they were still sitting and fellowshipping with one another. I walked over to the table and introduced myself and began to share the message of salvation with them. Immediately, one of the young men began to make sarcastic remarks, but the others dismissed his behavior by cooperatively listening.  At the end of the one way conversation, I shared with them that Jesus loves them so much that he died and rose for all of our sins. I told them “once you accept Christ, he would forgive your sins, and he will never bring them up again.” I must admit that I was so thankful that I listened to the holy spirit and shared the good news, the gospel of salvation with those young men. As opportunities present themselves, share the message of salvation with as many as possible. Why?  It is our assignment.