by John Michalak
Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Therefore go, 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 things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
A few questions you may have asked before:
How do you introduce Jesus and the Bible to a co-worker who thinks God is just another cuss word? What do you tell your teenager who has abandoned church and wants to explore her own spirituality? How do you provide godly comfort to your friend who blames God for taking her husband far too soon?
While there are answers to these questions, the main answers lie in the words that come before and after Christ’s Great Commission. Before, He says this: “All authority has been given to me.” And after, He says, “I am with you always.”
Would you consider Jesus to be a successful evangelist, one who drew people to God with authority? This same Jesus is with you when you face these questions. You can speak as He did—with authority for what God has done for you. With compassion for the hurt, doubt, and pain someone’s experiencing.
Yes, Jesus sends you out to share the Gospel. But, Jesus is with you when you share it.