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Go and Make Disciples! ()

Yunho Eo, July 9, 2017
Part of the Here I Am Lord series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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Go and Make Disciples (Mt 28:18-20)

Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter answered “Yes Lord, I love you.” Jesus commissioned him, “Feed my sheep.” It was an amazing commission to Peter because he denied Jesus three times at the moment of Jesus trial, and yet the Risen Lord, Jesus neither rebuked him nor rejected him. Rather, Jesus trusted him and gave him a new mission. “Take care of my lamb.” What a gracious Lord! This is the calling not only for Peter but every follower of Christ. Today’s text teaches us that we are called for mission. God is working in the world and he wants us to join him. This assignment is called mission. Our mission is the service to the believers which is fellowship and the service to unbelievers which is evangelism.
Jesus gave the great commission to his disciples before his ascension. At the hill of Galilee, he stood before his disciples and other 500 believers and said to them in today's text, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” This is the mission of the church. Our English word mission comes from the Latin word for “sending.” Jesus sends us to serve the world. Jn 20:21 Jesus says, “As the Father sent me, I am sending you.”

Jesus is our model of mission. At age 12, he came to the temple with parents and said, “I must be about my Father’s business.” And 21 years later, he was put to the cross and said, “It’s finished.”

It becomes our mission. 2 Corinthians says, “We have been sent to speak for Christ.” We are the messengers of God’s love and purpose of the world.

There are so many things we talk about the mission. And yet, today, I begin with three questions. Are you willing to follow? Do you have the message to share with others? And are you sure that Jesus is present in your mission always?

First, are you willing to go to the world as the Lord Jesus Christ asks? You have to know the importance of the mission to follow His commission.

1) In the Great Commission, Jesus said, “Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you.” Your mission is the continuation of Jesus mission on earth. Jesus calls us not only to come to him, but to go toward the world. He calls all believers to the mission. This is your commission from Jesus, and it is not optional. But it is mandatory. Paul in Gal 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. I live no longer, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” So you as Christians have to know that you are blessed and you have responsibility. You are God’s co-worker. God made you an agent to present God self to the world.
The life of the church is from the spirit of the mission. No mission, no church. The mission of the church is, “go.” I am deeply grateful for our youth to go to the mission field today and serve the people. My beloved, keep Jesus’ love, glory, and words deep in your heart.

2) You are called to the greatest thing in the world. You have the cure and the antidote in Christ while the world is deeply sick.
If you found out the antidote of all kinds of cancers, he would eagerly want to spread this good news to each and every cancer patient. Before Dr. Alexander Fleming found out penicillin, pneumonia was a lethal disease. Because of this new medicine, the young Churchill who became the prime minister was cured.
Jesus Christ is the winner of the death and sins of human beings. It was done by his passion and death on the Cross and his resurrection from the death. Why not the Lord wants to spread this amazing news to the world? Why not any person who experienced the power of love and mercy of Jesus Christ spreads this good news of salvation to the world? Why not you all who know this are willing to say to your neighbors this good news? We are the people to tell this love story of God toward the world. you are in the great blessing of newness of Christ. You want to share it.
Paul says, in 2 Cor 5:17, “If you are in Christ, you are a new creation. the old has gone, and the new has come.”
We have the greatest news in the world, and sharing it is the greatest kindness you can show to anyone. We must remember that no matter how contented or successful people appear to be, without Christ they are hopelessly lost and headed for eternal separation from God. Acts 4:2 says, “Jesus is the only One who can save the people.” Everybody needs to Jesus, who is antidote of death and sins. It will impact the other’s eternal destiny. So it is more important than any job, achievement or goal you will reach during your life on earth. The consequences of your mission will last forever, but not that of your job. You cannot compare the importance of the mission to anything else. Everything else will eventually vanish. Only Kingdom of God is forever. If you do not spend your time, money, energy, knowledge and many blessings in your life, you waste your life.

3) We have to know that the time in this earth is limited. In the Christian history, there has been interested in the Second Coming of the Lord and the end of the world. when will it happen? Just before Jesus ascended to heaven the disciples asked him this same question, and his response was quite revealing. In Acts 7-8, “it is not for you to know the times and of dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
When disciples wanted to talk about prophecy, Jesus quickly switched the conversation to evangelism. There is no other crucial topic than evangelism in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus says, “The details of my return are not your business. What is your business is the mission I have given you. Focus on that!”

When the king Uzziah died, Isaiah the prophet entered the temple and saw God in His glory. A great fear caught him that he cried for his life. Then an angel of God came to him and cleansed. Then he heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?” Then Isaiah says, “Here I am. Send me!” He is accessible. He is available for God’s purpose. His life purpose is fixed. No more anxious. No more agitation. His mind is straightforward for the ministry of God.

Second, do you have the message to share with others? (Make disciples of all nations)

Jesus gives us “Mission” (v. 18 make disciples of all nations). The mission of the church is making disciples. Jesus called his disciples to make them to be fishers of men and women to God. The word evangelism is not a bad word but a word we have to use more. It is from the Greek, euangelio, which is “good news.” So evangelism means to proclaim the good news of God to the people. So the good news is Jesus Christ. As all of you know Jn. 3:16, “God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son. Whoever believes in him shall not be perished but have eternal life.”

In the world, there are so many miserably broken souls like boats wrecked in the sea. There are so many people in the world who have never experienced the privilege we enjoy spiritually. There so many people who are agitating and struggling in fears of death and in the loss of the purpose of life. There are so many people who are obsessed to greed and selfishness without the heart of love and mercy. God knows this world is corrupted and rotten by the human sin from the beginning of the human history.

In Gen 6:6, “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and the every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he has made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23, “For the wage of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This is an essential teaching of the human nature and miserable destiny in the Bible. So someone should be called to save the human from the sinful nature and fearful judgement of the Lord. That is Jesus Christ. In John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This is the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ. Gospel is the particularity of Jesus Christ’s salvation through his sacrificial love on the cross and the amazing resurrection to destroy the power of the death and sin.
There are so many witnesses in the Christian history. They encourage us that we are led by the Lord. Jeremiah in his early age was called to be a prophet. Not only that, Abraham was ordered to depart from his country and his father’s house to unknown country. Moses was called at his age 80s. Joshuah was called at his about 60s. So we could called at any age. St. Francis… got off clothes of his father’s and left home naked….”my father is in heaven.” Stanley Jones received the Holy Spirit while praying with 3 other men, that the revival spread over the Asbury Seminary campus. Adoniram Judson knew Jesus at his teen and went to Burma as a missionary.
Listen what the Bible says about the winning unsaved souls to the Kingdom of God.
Jn. 6:40 saying, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have the eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. Without me, no one can come to the Father except through me.”
Rom 1:16, “For I am not shamed for the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” How?
There are so many Biblical references for urgency and importance of the evangelism in the Bible and the Christian history.

My family was deeply rooted in traditional ancestor worship in Korea which has ritual to the dead ancestors annually at the date of death. It is kind of memorial service for the deceased. But there are moments of kneeling and bowing down to the dead spirit, which is opposite to Ten Commandments. When I knew Jesus as my savior and Lord, I could not join in the ritual. My grandfather deeply loved me and expected me some day to be in charge of this family tradition. But I could not inherit a family tradition of this ritual. There was a crucial reason to me. When I was in middle school, I had a chance to meet the Lord personally. Do you know what the Lord said to me in person? The Lord said, “You belong to me.” “You are mine.” Hello. Do you hear me? I was 14 years old to meet the Lord personally. There was a VBS for middle school cohorts in my home church. We have a Sunday School Director who was full of love, faith and passion like Mallory. With strong passion, she told us a story of a novel written by Tolsty, War and Peace. As a teenage boy, I was so absorbed to the story line. In this good atmosphere, she asked us to read and summarize the Epistle of Corinthians. I read it. Difficult! But in the middle of the letter, I met with the Lord. When I read 1 Cor 10:31, I was deeply moved and cried out. “so whether you eat or drink whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Then I began to read Romans and Rom 14:8 hit my heart shattered totally, “if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we died, we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” In my heart, Jesus told me, you belong to me. since then I have my Lord deep in my heart.

“I Love to tell the story of things unseen above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story because I know ‘tis true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do. I love to tell the story, ‘Twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.”

Do you want to share this good news with your loved ones? Do you want to share this Good News of Jesus Christ with your neighbors? You may have been unaware that God holds you responsible for the unbelievers who live around you. Ezekiel 3:18 says, “You must warn them so they may live. If you don’t speak out to warn the wicked to stop their evil ways, they will die in their sin. But I will hold you responsible for their death.” That is the expression of the love because we know that all of us will stand in front of the Lord someday. Hebrews 9:27, “Everyone must die once. After a person dies, he is judged”(ICB).
Billy Graham shared a story of the president Eisenhower of his last moment approaching in Walter Reed Med. Ctr., he wanted to hear the story of the salvation from Billy Graham. He explained to him about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then the president says, “I am sure now. I will be in the heaven.”

I would like to ask you, “Are you going to live here in the earth eternally?” “I am sure that all of us in this place will not be here in 150 years from now. No one. Are you ready for your last moment? Too early to young people? No, I do not think so. We do not know when we die? So the salvation is so urgent matter not only to you but also to your loved ones. It is not the matter to be postponed. You have to tell the story of Jesus to your loved ones today.

Conclusion. Remember that Jesus is always with you. (v. 20. I will always be with you to the very end of the age.)
When Abraham was 75 years old, he was called to leave his father’s house, his property, his country, go to the known country. When he left He did not know where he was supposed to go. But with the faith, he left. Faith is the assurance which is invisible. If you go with faith, God is leading you one step by one step. You do not know the whole road map, God shows you each step. We know the beginning and the ending. But the detail of our life is invisible. So we are totally independent without God. But if you belong to God, you are led to the right direction daily. As Lord’s Prayer says, “give us this day our daily bread.” God gave Moses and people of Israel daily bread, mana. They were led by God daily. Remember the promise of God,

Isa 41:10, “do not fear for I am with you. do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you in my righteous right hand.”
May the Lord Jesus bless you all!

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