He said to them “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” – Mark 16.15From Helen Machell
It’s a common phrase that we all hear, ‘we/I don’t like change’. I’m sure that the disciples would have muttered those words at some point in the last week. For them so much has changed. Just over a week ago they were with Jesus just like any other day. Then within one week there was a great entry into Jerusalem, the last supper, the betrayal of a friend (Judas), a trial, a denial (Peter), a crucifixion, a death, and a resurrection. They experienced more change in one week than they were ever expecting. Sound familiar? We have had more change to our lives in the last few weeks than we would have ever imagined. We can no longer meet with friends and extended family. Most of us can no longer go to school and we work from home wherever possible. The world is almost unrecognisable. Just like it would have been in the days of the disciples.
After Jesus was raised from the dead He appeared to all the disciples, opening their eyes to the Scriptures (the Bible) and what had been told to them. They doubted, they disbelieved and then after a while they turned their attention to the mission that was assigned to them. Jesus tells them to go out and preach the good news to all creation. He understood that it was difficult at first but He equips them with all they need to do the task set before them.
As a family we are approaching week 4 of lockdown. We have gone through the ups and downs of adjusting to life indoors but now just like the disciples after Easter, it is the time to do the task set before us. He has equipped with all we need to do so; the connections with others have been made and our emotions have been worked through, so let us embrace the change and all the fantastic opportunities that it opens up to us to NAME HIM.