“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus came to save the world (all people) from their sins. Man is separated from God because of sin. God desires relationship with you and me so he planned from eternity past to conquer sin and free mankind. He set in motion through his obedience to the father, the redemption on the cross; “to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20). God's will is obvious; that none should perish. The redemption of the cross is the good news that must reach all people. As one preacher said, “The good news is only good news if it gets to people on time.” So the delivery of the message of Jesus’ death burial and resurrection is paramount.
There is not a more inspiring location on this planet for Kris and I than Mt. Arbel.
After Jesus rose from the dead, he approached his disciples in Jerusalem and asked them to meet him on the hill by the Sea of Galilee. Mt Arbel is “the hill” that most believe he was talking about. From Mt. Arbel you can see most of the locations where Jesus taught the disciples. He spent three years loving, investing, fellowshipping, and engaging the disciples in each location. He demonstrated to them over this period of time how to make disciples. It was Mt. Arbel where Jesus gave the Great Commission. As he commanded them to “make disciples”, he was reminding them how to accomplish this command, as they saw each scene with their own eyes, and remembered each lesson. The location of the Great Commission was in essence a description of how to fulfill the Great Commission; the delivery system.
It is true that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He provided salvation for all. But unless we engage in his delivery system of sharing the good news, the good news is not good to those who never hear it. The delivery system of reaching the world with the gospel is making disciples.
[pastor Mack is leading a trip to Israel! If you'd like to get more information, or to register for the trip, go to 419tours.com]