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One of the greatest declarations Jesus ever made is “it is finished” (John 19:30). The work has been done and news about it is spreading all over the world. The penalty for the sin of humanity has been paid for the cross of Calvary and the mission to make the good news known to the world begins. What is overwhelmingly amazing about this mission is that it is to happen through you and me as believers in Christ. Jesus said “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21).

We are to preach and make disciples for all nations (Mathew 28:18-20). The Greek word used here for nations is “ethne” from which we get the English word “ethnic”. It means therefore reaching out to the different ethnic groupings in the world. With this understanding then, a country like Kenya alone have about 42 “nations” to be reach out to with the saving gospel of Christ. According to the Joshua Project, there are more than 16,000 people groups in the world. More than 6,000 of the said people groups have not heard the saving gospel, and many of those who may have heard, have not been fully churched.

Jesus said “and this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”. In different contexts, Jesus left the  disciples and the entire church an indisputable command to evangelize the nations (see Mathew 9:35-38; 24:14; 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:45-47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8. From these passages it is clear that:

Firstly, the church is God's instrument to evangelize the world. The responsibility for sharing the good news of Christ has been entrusted to those who have been bought by the blood of Christ. In his overview of the Biblical theology of missions, Johannes Blauw has rightly noted that “A theology of missions can be nothing else than a theology of the church as the people of God, called out of the world, placed in the world and sent out into the world”. We must go and preach the gospel in such a way, with such fullness that people are made right with God through faith in Christ and utterly transformed to change the entire world.

Secondly, the harvest is ready. In his fourth chapter the apostle John tells of Jesus' meeting with the Samaritan woman. In verse 35 Jesus asks us as he did his disciples to look beyond our familiar surroundings – the known and popular, to open our eyes and look at the fields for they are ripe and ready for harvest (Cf. Matthew 9:35-38). Looking at the issues facing us in Kenya and around the world – high cost of living and unemployment, drugs and alcohol abuse across all ages, issues of terror and loss of lives, tensions surrounding national elections, distress in marriage and family, etc., people are afraid and without hope in the world. Our greatest opportunity to share the message of hope in Jesus Christ is now.

Thirdly, the Holy Spirit is the power behind Christian witness. We are not only called to be sharers of the good news of Jesus Christ, we have been given the power to do ministry (see Acts 1:8). Earlier before the Spirit came upon the disciples, they were despondent, discouraged and afraid but that was to change when the Spirit came, these ordinary men and women were empowered and became flaming witnesses of Christ and his kingdom (see Acts 2ff). Like Israel in the Old Testament (Genesis 12:1-3), the church is the people of God, whom he has redeemed and set apart in order to go and tell the whole world/every nation the good news of Christ. Our prayer is that all of us will take the next step of engagement in Christian missions.



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