The followers of Jesus are the witnesses of Christmas hope and the ones sent into the world to bear witness of Jesus’ salvation and rescue of all people. This Christmas, let’s consider the amazing gift of this hope in Jesus and our mission to share that hope for all…
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Luke 2:10-11, 30-32
When Jesus appeared to his followers after his resurrection, he explained fully to them all the things which happened before. He explained what was written by the prophets and how Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached in his name to all nations.
We see glimpses of this mission in the birth of Jesus: the good news that will cause great joy is that Jesus is the salvation of the world – all nations – a light for revelation to Gentiles and the glory of Israel. In the Jewish paradigm, that’s everyone. Jews and Gentiles covers the entire world. Jesus came as salvation for the entire world.
Here’s the kicker: The followers of Jesus are the witnesses of these things. The followers of Jesus are the ones sent into the world to bear witness of Jesus’ salvation and rescue of all people.
That’s you and me. If we are committed followers of Jesus Christ we are the mission-bearers of the Christmas and Easter hope. Do you accept your mission? And are you fulfilling it?
The promise of Jesus on that day with his followers was that he would send the Holy Spirit (what my Father promised) and that they should stay in Jerusalem until they had been clothed with power from on high. That’s one of the most amazing phrases in all of scripture. When the Holy Spirit enables us and empowers us to carry the mission of Jesus forward, we are clothed with his power.
This Christmas, let’s embrace the empowering Holy Spirit, commit to our mission from Jesus, and share the hope of salvation with all who will listen with open ears…