THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 6
April 27, 2019
Psalm 118:1, 14-21
Jesus himself commissioned his disciples to preach the gospel.
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to
every creature.” (Mk 16:15). This commission is operative
even now. Especially now, given the deep darkness in the world.
people do not readily accept the good news of Jesus. Even
the apostles with regard to his resurrection. Mary Magdalene
told them, but “they did not believe.” (Mk 16:11b).
The two disciples who walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus
told them, “but they did not believe them either.”
Jesus himself “appeared to them and rebuked them for
their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not
believed those who saw him after he had been raised.”
(Mk 16:14b). Today there are many so-called disciples of Jesus,
those who claim to be Christian, who still do not believe
those who proclaim the gospel. If they believed, then they
would accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, with the attendant
transformation of life. As it is, their hearts have been hardened
by sin, by indifference, by selfishness, by materialism, by
secularism, by unforgiveness, and by many other things not
of the Lord.
soil is hard. And at times, even religious leaders are the
ones opposing the proclamation of the gospel, by the bad witness
of sinful lives, by the culture of political correctness,
by the acceptance of all religions as just the same, by the
focus on everything else except mission. There can even be
persecution from religious leaders, as was experienced by
the apostles. The Sanhedrin “ordered them not to speak
or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” (Acts 4:18).
they then back down? Did they shut up? Were they intimidated?
No! Peter and John replied, “Whether it is right in
the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be
the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what
we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20). Jesus had told
them to proclaim the gospel. No earthly or satanic power could
keep them from doing so.
should be the same with us. Today, almost everyone is against
the authentic Christian faiththe secular humanists, modernists,
anti-lifers, transgenders, political elites, liberal billionaires,
giant abortion providers, Islamic and Hindu radicals, and
so on. They are using not just verbal threats but political,
economic and legal pressures and constraints to rein in the
gospel. So there will be a great price to pay for those who
persist in doing the work of evangelization.
we have Jesus on our side, who strengthens and empowers us.
“The Lord, my strength and might, has become my savior.”
(Ps 118:14). If God is for us, who can be against us?
in the name of Jesus are we saved. We are commissioned to
preach this gospel of salvation in Jesus. We do so in the
power of the Holy Spirit. “The Lord’s right hand
works valiantly, the Lord’s right hand is raised; the
Lord’s right hand works valiantly.” (Ps 118:15b-16).
We have been delivered from sin and brought from death to
life; this is what we proclaim. “I shall not die but
live and declare the deeds of the Lord.” (Ps 118:17).