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SHARE YOUR JOY

Matthew 28 is surely the “Go and tell” chapter.  The angel told the two Mary’s to “Go and tell” the disciples that Jesus is risen.  Then Jesus met them as they were going and told them again to “Go and tell” the disciples.   Later when Jesus met up with the disciples on a mountain in Galilee, he again told them to “Go” and continue His mission of saving folks.  Amazingly, even the soldiers would “Go”; they were witnesses to the resurrection and went and told the Chief Priests.  The Chief Priests also would “Go” and tell the Elders. 

I remember “going and telling” several people when I found a 20 dollar bill in a bush near a school.  I wanted them to know that something good had happened to me.  I guess I wanted them to share in my joy, too.  Sharing with them sort of let the good feeling continue a little longer.  In some ways, telling folks that God loves them, wants to freely forgive their sins, and already made a way to do that on the cross, keeps the joy of my salvation real and fresh each new day.

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GOD'S PATIENCE AND LOVE FOR THE WORLD

Revelation 11 depicts two witnesses who will speak forth the Gospel (prophesy) for 1,260 days (three and a half years) to the people of the world.  This happens during the Tribulation (time of trouble and testing) that comes in the future.  We see here God’s patience toward unsaved folks during those terrible years.  The two witnesses, called “Lampstands”, are just one example of God sending messengers to proclaim the Good News during the Tribulation. 

Why is God so patient with the world?  The Apostle Paul proclaims boldly in 1 Timothy 2:4 that God “wants all people to be saved” and Peter similarly asserts that God “doesn’t want anyone to perish” (2 Peter 3:9).  God’s love for people is the reason He patiently continues to let the Good News be told to a lost world.  When we tell lost folks the Good News we are part of God’s patient plan to seek the lost.  You and I sharing with a person far away from God just might be their second chance.

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