In Luke 9:1-9, Jesus sent out the 12 and gave them authority to drive out demons, cure diseases and to preach the gospel. And they went out and did just that. At the end of Luke, he records the words of Jesus saying, “and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations…” Matthew records, in 28:19-20, the command aspect of this mission. He records Jesus as saying that all authority belongs to him and, by implication, he passes that authority on to us in his command – go, make disciples, baptize and teach your disciples to obey.  We have the command and the authority from Jesus to do this missionary work. Just as the original 12 were successful operating under their Christ given authority for their mission, we too will be successful when we go out to do what he has called us to do. We just have to be obedient and do it! Will you be?

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