Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
Whenever we take a trip into God’s great outdoors we can’t help but look up to the stars and the moon when night falls. We are then reminded of the space program and how on July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon’s surface.
Antedating man’s space explorations was God’s own space program. It was God who created the vast reaches of all space – heaven and earth. The psalmist declares, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3,4).
While all creation tells the glory of an almighty and all-wise God, only the Gospel proclaims the greatness of God’s love in Jesus Christ. God’s space program called not only for creation but also for redemption. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Our Lord wanted the whole world – all mankind – evangelized, so that through the Gospel the Holy Spirit might bring people to faith and a new life. Before ascending into heaven Jesus sent His disciples on a worldwide space program of preaching the Gospel and baptizing all nations.
The Lord looks to you and me to take some truly giant steps for mankind of sharing His love.
PRAYER: Lord, help us by Your Holy Spirit to be effective witnesses to the ends of the earth, so that many may believe and be saved. Amen.
(Taken from “Our Journey with Jesus” (out of print), copyright 1976, International Lutheran Laymen’s League.)
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