“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” John 20:21
The last of the prominent phrases in Mount Moriah’s Mission statement confirms our commitment to ‘evangelize the lost’. Contextually, John 20 records the event of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance to the 10 disciples, as Thomas was absent. The purpose of His appearance was to prepare His followers for the work ahead. After making Himself known to His disciples by showing His wound and scars, Jesus authoritatively issues an assignment that is applicable to the mission of the church today. Thus, we have been Commissioned By Christ to share the Gospel. Notice a few fundamental features of this compelling commission:
His Presence. At the center of this commission is the person of Christ. His followers are no longer mourning a Crucified Christ, they are beholding the Risen Lord. Verse 21 acknowledges the presence of Jesus after being triumphantly raised from the grave. Jesus is speaking to His disciples to make known His purpose for their lives.
His Promise. Jesus greeted His disciples in peace and with peace. As you know, He had previously promised His disciples His "peace" (John 14:27; 16:33). Therefore, He was bestowing peace rather than just wishing peace on them. Christians experience the beautiful peace that can only come through reconciliation to God The Father through His Son Jesus Christ.
His Priority. “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10). His priority must become our priority, “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you”. Just as the Father sent the Son on a mission of mercy, we today must take on the mission of Christ as believers sent into a dying world to share the life-giving message of the Gospel.
One theologian writes, “Evangelism is one of the highest values in the church – and one of the least practiced.” It is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to bear the good news of God's offer of salvation through Christ to every lost person. If we believe that knowing Christ is the only way to live and the only way to die, we must embrace the mandate from the Master. As a living body and a loving body of believers, let us be relentless in our pursuit to share Christ through our words and our works.