Jesus Is Better...

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I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins...  – Acts 26:17-18 ESV

While the creation of God shows His work, only through the gospel do we learn of God’s character and nature: His holiness, His justice, His wrath against sin, His righteousness, His grace, and His love for us. If you want to see who God is, you look at Christ. If you want to see what He is like, look at the cross. The gospel reveals the glory of God.

How do we live then to the glory of God? By being a disciple. How does that play out? A disciple looks at all the world has to offer, and says on the inside, “I think Jesus is better...”               

I’m not talking about what a disciple does. I’m talking about what defines him. Look at Moses: “It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter... He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward” (11:24-26 NLT). Moses thought God was better.

Besides filling the world with God’s glory, the Great Commission seeks the highest good of mankind. The gospel reveals to us the nature of sin and God’s remedy for it. The nature of sin is to break relationships. The eternal effect of sin is everlasting brokenness, a broken relationship with God that lands people in hell. The greatest good we can do is to set people free from the effects of sin.

Paul in Acts 26 above is explaining to the Jewish King Agrippa the vision he had on the road to Damascus. Jesus spoke to him directly and commissioned him to open the eyes of the lost. To set others free from sin, to restore families, is the highest task in the universe.

Submitted by:
Dan Rude
The Great Commission
Faithwalkers Midwest 2016

One-Year Bible Reading
Joshua 19:1-20:9
Luke 19:28-48
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 13:12-14

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