We’ve learned a lot of who Jesus is so far as we’ve looked at the life of his mother, the relationship he had with his friends, the women he healed and cared for, and the woman who was the first to see his resurrected body. So why does it all matter and what does it mean for our lives today?
From the very beginning, the life of Jesus was marked by the unconventional. From birth to death he was countercultural. Taking his place on earth in the womb of an unwed mother, he lived with the stigma of perceived secrets. His exit was unlike any before as well. Crucified and buried, he rose from the grave and presented himself first to a woman and then for forty days to those closest to him.
to the ends of the earth
There is a slow realization throughout Jesus’s ministry that this message is not just for the Jews. Jesus did not come to rescue one tribe or one people group. He came to rescue all people. He broke down barriers and welcomed in the untouchables, the unclean, the sinners, and the women. He shattered legalism and elitism and welcomed all who would believe.
Those who were closest to him, those who witnessed the words he spoke and the love he gave to all, Jesus described as witnesses. He charged them to tell those in Jerusalem and then to fan out from there until all the world had heard.
Jesus’s work wasn’t done, but his time walking on earth as a man was. He left the charge to all those who believed in him to share the good news with others. They were to live out the words and deeds he had been teaching them all along.
will we go when called?
Trusting God is not an easy call. He asks hard things of us. He tells us to go and bear witness to the ends of the earth, to tell others of his goodness, and to surrender willingly to him. It’s unconventional, it might even start rumors about your reputation, and it will most definitely be uncomfortable.
May we all have the strength of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to say when called on, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). No matter the cost, no matter the difficulty, may we have the strength to be obedient to God’s call.