Beginning from Jerusalem: OMF May 2017

“It is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things”

(Luke 24:46-48)

Identity

When Jesus meets with his disciples on the day he is raised from the dead he is very clear on a number of things. First of all, he is clear about his identity; he is the Christ of God. Jesus is who he says he is and his resurrection is vindication from the Father and the Spirit of his divine identity. As you pray, remember that he alone is the Christ, there is no other; His uniqueness is unparalleled and unrivalled.

Accomplishment

Secondly he is clear about what has been accomplished through his death and rising; the forgiveness of sins for all who turn to him. God the Son has willingly put himself in the place of his people, dealt with the wrath, taken away punishment and brought an end to guilt, condemnation and death for all those who believe. There is now life and liberty offered through the son. As you pray remember that through the cross and the resurrection Jesus has won a great salvation.

Scope 

There is one final thing which Jesus is crystal clear on and it is the scope of the message; it is for all people, everywhere. From Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, there is one God and one Christ; Jesus the Son. In other words, what Jesus seems to be saying is this, “from wherever you are to wherever you go, tell people about me so they too may come to truly know God”.

But even to this day we know that this privileged mandate we have been given by our Lord is still incomplete. Many East Asian’s do not yet have access to a church, a bible or any believer who could point them to Jesus. As you pray remember the vastness of the need and let that overwhelm you. We all know how easily we can become complacent. But don’t remain in that place; it can lead us to pessimism or wallowing. Step back and remember the scope of everything which Jesus has accomplished. See the empty tomb, hear the voice of life and remember that, although you are not one of the original apostles, you are a witness of this gospel of salvation.

 

May the Lord be graciously pleased to hear our prayers, call others to serve and see his church extend among East Asia’s peoples

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