Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Title: As The Father Sent Me, So Send I You
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
Text: John 20:21
In my last devotional, I wrote about the presence of Christ bringing peace – “shalom” – to the troubled disciples. The presence of Jesus also reconciled His relationship with His disciples in turbulent times during the post resurrection of Jesus. Jesus went on to give those much disheartened and discouraged disciples a renewed purpose and direction. He commissioned them, and sent them forth with these words, “As the Father sent me, so send I you.”
“Him who sent me” is a constant theme in the Gospel of John. Jesus did not come on His own accord but He was authorized by His Father. He represents His Father, as an agent of His Father. He does not act independent of His Father. He only says what His Father tells Him to say and do what He tells Him to do (John 5:19). As the Father’s representative, He has the power and authority of the Father to perform miracles to reveal the character of God the Father. He was one with the Father to carry out the Father’s mission to die on the cross to redeem the sinful world.
Now, Jesus passes this commission to His disciples. We cannot duplicate His mission as the Son of God dying on the cross to redeem the world. Jesus did it once and for all. It is sufficient for the sins of the world. We are commissioned instead, to spread the message of redemption of what Jesus Christ has done to save the world until He returns.
The Father sent Jesus. Jesus sent His disciples. Jesus now sends us. This is a spiritual relay of passing the redemptive message from one generation to another. As recipients of the grace of salvation from Jesus, we are responsible to pass on this responsibility to those who follow us. Thus, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18)
The Apostle Paul, taught this commission and he passed it on to early Christians as well as to Timothy his spiritual son:
“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT)
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NLT)
Jesus’ parting words with His disciples culminates as the “The Great Commission.” “As the Father sent me,” He told His disciples to go in the same authority that was given to Him to the whole world. They were to make disciples, to baptize them and to obey Jesus:
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT)
Today Jesus is sending you and I to share this Good News. We are under orders just like Jesus had been. We are to bring the message accurately and clearly to our family and friends. We are His messengers to bear this message of hope and redemption to this broken and suffering world.
Prayer for today
One of the greatest short prayer in the Bible says, “Here I am, send me.” Jesus has commissioned us. But are we ready to go?
Lord Jesus, teach us to walk intimately with You each day. Thank You for speaking to us through Your prompting of Your Holy Spirit through Your Word. We have heard perhaps many times, “So send I you.” For various reasons, we have not responded to You, “Here I am, send me”. Lord, help us to take the first step of faith today. Hold our hands, lead the way, right where we live, where we work, and where we play. Use us for Your Name sake to give glory and praise to Your Holy Name. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The next devotion will be on Power to carry out His Commission
在我上一则的灵修中，我写道基督的同在带来平安 -“shalom” – 给忧愁的门徒；耶稣的同在也谐调了祂复活后动荡时期与门徒的关系。耶稣接着给那些沮丧气馁的门徒一个新的目标和方向。祂任命他们，差遣他们出去，说：“父怎样差遣了我，我也照样差遣你们。”
耶稣与门徒临别的话最终被称为 “大使命”。“父怎样差遣了我，” 祂吩咐门徒，要照所授予祂整个世界的权柄去行。他们要使人作门徒，给他们施洗，并且遵从耶稣：