Riverdale Ministries

April 9, 2016

Thoughts from Sunday On the night of the resurrection, John invites us into a locked room where the disciples had gathered in fear (John 20:19-21).  Jesus arrives and turns their sadness into joy.  Instead of encouraging them to continue to meet privately, Jesus sends them out: "As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." (John 20:21) It is interesting that Jesus' expectation of His apostles on the day of His resurrection was for the m to go and continue to do the work the Father had been doing through Him.  This idea is captured in what we now call the Great Commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20) The first statement in this commission is to go.  That is exactly what we must do.  We must Go! Over the next few weeks, we will continue to study this commission in our new series, Mission 28:19.  We hope that you will join us!

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