We have been looking at some of the key moments Jesus had with His disciples just before He ascended into heaven. He was building in them a way of thinking about themselves and their future that was totally different from what they had known in Judaism. Instead of following the Mosaic Law, they were becoming more and more attached to the person of Jesus. How would this close relationship continue when He was going to leave them? We will answer that later.
For this blog, I want to center our attention on the second verse of Luke 24:46-47. Jesus “(46) said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, (47) and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Behind that word “proclaimed” in the context is that they were given “authority in an official capacity” by Jesus, because the message was to be “announced, told or preached” “in His name.” The Apostles understood this as we see in the Book of Acts. Their boldness was not just because they were filled with the Holy Spirit, but they also had the authority of Christ in them to “proclaim… repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
This does not require any kind of degree, money, pulpit, or building. All it needs is persons who submit to the authority of Christ and the indwelling Spirit. It can be done to one individual or a group, in person, on paper or electronically. There are no limits to God’s message. The only limits are those we place on ourselves. “GO…to all nations” (people groups) and begin right where you are with the confidence you have in Jesus, the One who sent you!
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