Loving Jesus: The Fuel of Evangelism
The disciples loved Jesus. Imagine having a friend who was without sin. That, my friend, would be a good friend. No wonder they spent every waking moment with this sinless buddy.
Not long after this quote from Jesus, He ascended to heaven. Can you see why the disciples were such passionate missionaries? Jesus said, ‘I am with you, every single day…’ He said this after he put forth the great commission. So the promise is only for those who do the commission.
And for someone like Peter, who spent 3 years with Jesus, this is a promise he really wants! He does not want that time with Jesus to end. But, in a sense, it was going to. And, in a sense, it wasn’t. Jesus was physically taking off to heaven. But, spiritually, He is present for anyone who would be involved in this commission. And what was the range of the commission? All nations. So the disciples did the best they could. I’m sure they had the passion to reach all nations in their lifetime. Why? Just so they could see Jesus again.