Wayne Perderson: Why the Great Commission is All About Christmas

We don’t formally launch the fourth annual International Day for the Unreached campaign until the New Year, but there is no better time to invite you to be part of it than during this holiday season.

For, strange as it may sound, the event to be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, that calls the global church to a greater commitment to fulfilling what is known as the Great Commission is, ultimately, all about Christmas.

That’s because the missionary movement wasn’t born when Jesus told His disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20).

It was born with Jesus, when He came to earth as a baby.

He was the first missionary. He left His home and came to those who needed Him and did not know Him. He lived among them, cared for them, and opened God’s Word to them that they might understand and receive His love.

Two thousand years later, those of us who have had the opportunity to learn about Jesus would do well in following in His footsteps. Some of us need to go and live among those who still do not know Him, to care for them, and open God’s Word to them, that they might understand and receive His love. And some of us need to support those who go.

Sadly, only a small percentage of contemporary churchgoers recognize that Jesus didn’t just model this calling through His coming, but also spelled it out in His Great Commission command.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wayne Perderson