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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 30, 2022

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SATURDAY, July 30
[William Wilberforce]

Matthew 28:20b “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel is often called the Great Commission. That it is a commission, and not a command, is a key distinction. With a command, it’s all on you to figure it out, to fail or succeed, and to handle whatever may come.

But this sending is different. Jesus is empowering the disciples in his name, promising them the authority and spiritual equipment they’ll need to accomplish their mission. It’s mission, after all, that is the heart of the matter. Mission comes from the Latin word for sent, and we are always sent with a purpose. Add the conjunction that means with (com), so to be commissioned is to be “sent along with.” Jesus is commissioning the disciples by sending them with his own authority and teaching.

In handing over his ministry into their care, Jesus promises that no matter what comes or where they go, he will be with them. And like all of God’s promises, this assurance is for us, too. As the Gospel of Matthew ends, the story of the church—our story—is just beginning.

MOVING FORWARD: How are you responding to the Great Commission?

PRAY for the Diocese of Matana (Burundi)

Ps 75, 76 * 23, 27 | Judges 5:19-31 | Acts 2:22-36 | Matthew 28:11-20

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