Focus on Faith

Marching orders from Jesus Christ

When Jesus was beginning to think about leaving the disciples in charge and returning to his own place as God in heaven, he gave two sets of marching orders.
    The first one was what we call the great Commission. It is found in Matthew’s Gospel in the 28th chapter: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
    The second set of things Jesus commanded was the topic we have been dealing with in Focus this month: Love one another as I have loved you. I believe we can think about those words and what they might mean for us in the light of four words starting with the letter F – Forgiving, faithful, flexible, and free. While we don’t have enough space to do a complete job, I think we can use them as a place to start.

 

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“Jesus did not simply die to save us from our sins; Jesus lived to save us from our sins. His life and teaching show us the way to liberation.” (Rachel Held Evans, Inspired, p. 155)