“ . . and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father” (Jn 14.12). Does that excite you and stir you up? Will you join me in getting hold of that promise from Jesus, reminding him of it and not letting it go until it becomes your experience? Jesus has commissioned all who follow him to continue his ministry. Just as he made disciples, teaching and training them, so he commissioned us in Mt 28.19 to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them . . teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”.
But to continue Jesus’ ministry and do the works he did, and greater, we too must become disciples of him. Disciples learn to imitate their teacher as well as absorb his words, by spending time with him. Will you join me as I embark on a study of the Gospels, starting with Mark’s Gospel, to see how I can learn from him and imitate him, as I seek to be an effective witness to him? I want to learn how Jesus proclaimed the good news of God (Mk 1.14), bore witness to the truth and made disciples. He “proclaimed the good news of the kingdom” – Matthew’s phrase in his summary of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee at 4.23 and 9.35. The exciting truth is that “this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew’s third and final use of the phrase, at 24.14). Jesus fulfilled his ministry by relying on the same Holy Spirit that he has given everyone who believes in him. I want to learn from him how to do the same, so that I too can play my part in “proclaiming this good news of the kingdom”.
At the start of the first Coronavirus lockdown (March 2020), as the churches where I live were forced to close, I determined I would do all I could to tell people about Jesus in my local area, since no-one else appeared to be doing it. I decided to use my daily dog-walking time to get to know people, talk to them, and use opportunities to share my faith. I have been doing this ever since. I am still giving time to studying and seeking to help others understand the prophetic parts of the Bible – watch this space for more – but if I am gripped by what the Bible says about Christ and all that will happen in the run-up to his return, how can I not seek to obey his words and play my part in fulfilling Mt 24.14?
So, I would be delighted if you would join me in my studies of Mark’s Gospel and my “on-the-job” training as I seek to learn from my Master how to “proclaim the good news of the kingdom” and make disciples. For the first part of what I’ve learnt, from Mk 1.1-11, click on the link here Continuing Jesus’ ministry v1.