Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Key verses: (19-20) 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Reflection: Today, we are taking these verses literally. Myers Park Presbyterian Youth are in Cuba with our brothers and sisters in Remedios. Arriving during Holy Week was a powerful experience for our team. We lived in the church for the first time and what an experience to wake up on Easter morning in the church. We did not have Easter baskets (any chocolate would have melted) and we did not have fancy Easter dresses and we did not have an Easter flower cross. We did have the power of the Risen Lord who makes all things new with the promise of Easter.
We are Easter people who are bound together with brothers and sisters all over the world. We did not have to take Jesus to them this week. In fact they might have witnessed to us about the power of the Risen Lord. The great commission was written at a particular time for a particular people. It is a powerful message sending out the disciples to preach and teach.
As I read the scripture today, from Cuba, I hear it differently. Together, we are discerning where God is calling us as the church. What are we called to proclaim? The depth of our faith together is a powerful witness. God challenges and commissions these young people, Cuban and Myers Park Youth. Go, make disciples. I am with you always. Thanks be to God.
Prayer: God, help us to teach but also help us to learn. Everywhere. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].