Mid-Week Reflections from Bro. Rudy

April 24, 2019

The Commission of Easter

What a glorious day Sunday was. 475 worshipped in services on our campus and 54 worshipped at the Sunrise Service at Spring Park. The Holy Spirit moved during each of the services. It was truly an awesome day.

The Easter message that Jesus rose is truly the best news the world ever received. Death could not hold our Lord. As the song says, “He arose the victor from the dark domain.” And again; “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.” There is no better news. 

In the midst of celebrating Easter, we often forget the Commission of Easter. We know about the Great Commission that Jesus gave the disciples at the end of Matthew’s Gospel: “Go therefore and makes disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a; NRSV) But what about the Commission of Easter?

John tells that the first Easter Day ended with Jesus sending the disciples. Jesus appeared to the disciples sometime that first Easter evening. He greeted the disciples, “Peace be with you,” as he showed them His hands and side. Then Jesus commissioned them, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21; NRSV) He sent them out to continue His mission to the world.

Christ never intended for Resurrection Day to be simply a glorious day of worship that we experience and then go back to living our lives. Christ intends for us who know the transforming power of His grace, to share Him with others. He sends us to our neighbors, friends, family, co-workers, classmates, and the various other associations of our lives. We are sent by the Risen Christ to be witnesses for him.

One way to be witnesses is to share your Easter experience with others. I saw several social media posts where families shared an Easter picture taken at their church. That is a basic way to share with those in your social network that you were in worship on Easter. If I were sharing such a post, I think I would add an invitation to come join me this Sunday as we celebrate encounters with the Risen Christ, or share something about your experience in worship.

Some of us invited persons to worship on Easter. Jesus’ Easter Commission reminds us that we are to keep on inviting. We all have persons who need to know, or rediscover, God’s amazing love and grace.      

This week, you might invite persons to the “Internet Safety” event on Wednesday night. If you are reading this Wednesday morning, it is not too late to communicate with some of your friends about this opportunity. You can read more about the event in this mid-week.       
           ---  Rudy   

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