First Baptist Church of Texas City
From Our Family Pastor, Dennis Johns:
9 After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning,
the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from
whom he had cast out seven demons.10 She went to the disciples,
who were grieving and weeping, and told them what had happened.
11 But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen
him, they didn’t believe her.
12 Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his
followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country. 13 They
rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them.
14 Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were
eating together. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because
they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been
raised from the dead.[d] 15 And then he told them, “Go into all the
world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
There is a lot to talk about these days. If you are brave, you
can delve into politics; if you want to keep it light, you can talk about
the weather, music, or sports. We talk about things that we can or
can’t change. We talk about family and sometimes about the “good
old days.” Mostly we find that people really like to talk.
When Jesus appeared to His disciples following His
resurrection, He found them gathered sharing a meal and perhaps
lamenting about their loss of a best friend, possibly hunkered down
discussing their doubt and fears of what was ahead of them. Jesus
addressed their fear and doubt and, in fact, called them out because
of it. Notice what he told them to do next in Verse 15: And then
he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to
They were witnesses to the Good News in the flesh, and Jesus
told them to go and tell. We are witnesses to the presence of Jesus
in our own lives; and we have the same privilege, to go and tell it to
everyone! We like to talk, and there is lots of news out there to talk
about. But is it the “Good News”?
You don’t have to be a trained speaker to preach the good
news of Jesus. Just share what He’s done for you. Your experiences
with Jesus could possibly be just what the next person needs to hear.
Jesus is inviting us to share the news with “everyone.” The Gospel
makes a difference.