Eastertide: So I Send You
by: Jon Brown
Matthew’s Gospel plays host to the Great Commission, but John’s mission impulse should not be overlooked. The first thing Jesus says to his disciples when he meets them in the house is, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). But that is quickly followed by, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” The church is and always has been about mission. That we are sent and how we are sent are equally important.
Jesus has it in his heart and mind that we go in both word and deed to proclaim the good news of the gospel: that Jesus Christ is Lord and has been raised from the dead. All of our going must correspond with the way that he came. The way that he came was the way of the incarnation, the way of relationship, the way of self-emptying, sacrifice, obedience, and even the cross. We are sent in that same way. All of our mission impulses, our gospel going and resurrection proclaiming, must resonate with the way Christ did all of these things. If we proclaim the gospel in a way that does not resonate with the gospel Christ lived, we are not communicating it clearly.