Jesus hands over the reins of God’s love story to his disciples… and thus to us. He had walked and talked with them; he had preached and taught; he had shared his highest moments and his darkest hours with them… now, the point of all of that is to go and make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to observe what Jesus taught. This passage is the very reason I did this Bible Study for you – so that you could learn the stories of Jesus so you can grow as a disciple of Jesus. This is still our mission statement… so therefore, since that has not changed, then neither has the “lo I am with you always” part! We are not alone. We have a charge to keep. Let’s get busy!
“Lord, you give the great commission to heal the sick and preach the word. Lest the church neglect its mission and the gospel go unheard, help us witness to your purpose with renewed integrity. With the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work d of ministry. Amen”