A World That Knows Jesus – CMS Sunday
As we focus on the great work done by CMS missionaries around the world we can remind ourselves why it is that we as individuals and as a church support them by prayer, giving and keeping in touch with our link missionaries. CMS missionaries are carefully chosen, trained, linked with supporting churches, commissioned and pastorally cared for on the field.
Why does CMS make such a commitment when sending people out to represent our Lord Jesus Christ? They act in accord with the words spoken to the disciples by the resurrected Jesus:
18 Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NRSV)
Jesus makes a great claim – “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”. The four Gospel writers show how Jesus’ authority reveals him as the long awaited saviour Messiah, in fact the only begotten Son of God our glorious risen Lord. He taught with authority and he demonstrated authority over the created order, sickness and human disabilities, demons and even death.
Jesus’ claim to have all authority in heaven and on earth is the basis for his great command – “go therefore and make disciples of all nations”.
Understanding the authority of Jesus and appropriating the associated blessings makes not only CMS missionaries but also us responsible for the proclamation of the life saving message of Jesus, for bringing people into the fellowship of the church and then teaching them how to grow up into Christ.
Having given such a great commission, Jesus then reassures his disciples with a great comfort – “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” No-one shares the good news alone. So, let’s support CMS and be like the missionaries in sharing this Good News.