For the World

Week 6, Day 3

The Gospel for the Whole World

By: Tom Mipalar

Mark 16:15

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Simply put the Gospel of the Lord Jesus is the Good News for the whole world and still is and will ever be.

But what is the Gospel?  It is this ; Jesus Christ the begotten Son of God, the Holy and righteous one, died for our sins and the sins of many, rose from the dead and because of this there is no condemnation for those who believes in His name and  He gave them the right to become children of God.

This is an old good news and yet it is still the greatest good news of all time in heaven and on earth.  But how many of us really understand the deepest meaning of this news? The disciples at first did not understand it.   Matthew 16:21-23 says, “From the time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priest and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him saying, far be it from you Lord! This will shall never happen to you.  But He turned and said to Peter, Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on things of God, but on things of man.” It wasn’t until after Jesus resurrected that his disciples began to understand all that he said.

My friends, when the Lord Jesus said in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation”, the disciples were all found reclining at the table with unbelief and hardness of heart.  And Jesus appeared in bodily form and rebuked them because of their unbelief. Remember what Thomas said in John 20:25, “unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my fingers in the mark of the nails and place into His sides, I WILL NEVER BELIEVE. But then Thomas said in verse 28, “My Lord and My God”.  Jesus said, do not disbelieve but believe.

I have a friend who survived the killing fields of Cambodia as a young man.  The hardship, struggles, brutality, pain, sadness and losses that he went through hard to comprehend. To move from one country to another on foot, often without food while being chased by bullets is still very vivid in his memories.He courageously was able to help out a lot of his country men  survive the ravage of war. To this day he has joy knowing most of these family and friends that he helped out still do remembers him and has passed on their gratitude of this man to their children. He is a good man, a husband and a father. But he is without Christ. A devoted Buddhist.

My heart aches when I remember I still did not find the courage to share the Good News of Christ to my friend. That my God is living God. That Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Saviour.  

That Christ has died for my sins. That I have repented of my sins and all of my sins are forgiven. That my salvation is a free gift of God. The suffering of this present time is not comparable to the glory that will be revealed.

Reflection Questions

Where is your heart my friends? Do you believe in Jesus?  Are you a child of God? Did you repent of your sins and received the free gift of salvation that Christ has offered into your life? Can you sincerely say with all your heart, My Lord and my God!  How is your fellowship with Jesus in your daily life? Are you fighting the good fight? Are you experiencing the unsearchable peace, joy, gladness, and satisfaction with Him and the assurance that one day you will dine with Him in heaven.

Go into the world therefore. Indeed, it is the greatest commission to a church, to a believers in Christ, to you and to me.  But who is your world? Is it a church, a neighbor, a community, a love one, a family, a co-worker, a friend? is the greatest commission with a promise...He promise that He will be with us until the end of age. Amen and amen!