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I have a Commission

Martin Luther King Jr. once rallied a generation and changed a nation through a speech labelled “I have a dream”. As we saw this past Sunday, we have so much more than a dream.

We have a Commission.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:18-20)

A dream is something personal to us, our own ambition or wish perhaps, but a commission is so much more. A Commission is a task entrusted TO us BY someone else, someone in a position of authority, who decides we would be the ones to accomplish the task. The Church does not have it’s own wishes or dreams for the future. The Church has simply been entrusted with a Mission.

We are not Dreamers, we are Commissioned.

I suppose that technically, a commission could be anybody asking anyone to do anything. Like perhaps a wife asking a husband to buy bread and milk on the way home. I guess that could be thought of as a commission.

Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. We would never use the word ‘Commission’ in that setting, because we know it is too sacred a word to apply to a chore. Indeed. A Commission is a sacred task, and the the spirit of the word denotes a mission so urgent and important that it would take precedence over everything else until the Mission was accomplished.

That’s why we take the Commission of Jesus so seriously

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:18-20)

In both of the WOC sermons thus far we’ve mentioned how Jesus doesn’t give a Commission without a promise. Last week the promise was that His peace would be with us. This week the promise is that He himself would be with us.

We have a Commission. We have a Promise.

We have been Sent.

It’s time to Go.

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