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A few weeks ago I attended a dinner event hosted by Cru President, Steve Douglass. During the event Steve remarked that from what he is seeing, the fulfillment of the Great Commission is inevitable.
What is the Great Commission? It is the command given by Christ following his resurrection. "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20).
Now, to be honest, I never thought in those terms before. The fulfillment of the Great Commission is inevitable? Is that right? Yes, it is right. God does not embark on missions in which he is doomed to fail (Isaiah 55:11). The Great Commission is his idea and no task God has undertaken has ever fallen short. Consider these two passages of scripture about the inevitability of the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
If you are involved in ministry, whether personally on your free time, or professionally, you are doing the most important work in the world.
That is not an exaggeration.
My daughter was around six years old. She sat in front of the TV watching one of her favorite cartoons. It was Pokémon, or SpongeBob, or something like that. We got to talking and I told her, "You know, what you are watching isn't real. It's just a cartoon."
"What do you mean, daddy?" she asked.
"It's not real," I told her. "People had to draw these things to tell their stories. But it's not real."
She got screwy-faced for a moment and protested, "It is too real, daddy." At that stage in her life she wasn't always able to discern the difference between fantasy and reality. Thankfully, I don't suffer from that. But the Flying Spaghetti Monster is real. I can prove it. Come to think of it, SpongeBob is real too.
I recently had a sobering experience. As part of my role with JESUS Film Project I was tasked to select editing points for the creation of a version of JESUS for commercial television. JESUS has not been seen on commercial television in the US for more than 15 years, in fact, much longer than that. That's a tragedy since no film has changed more lives or introduced more people to Christ than JESUS. More than 200 million people have professed faith in Christ because of JESUS.
What do you believe about the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2? Would you describe yourself as a Young Earth Creationist (YEC) or an Old Earth Creationist (OEC)? Perhaps you’re one of those who is struggling in this area of biblical thought?
I’ve been spending a lot of time in Genesis and reading creation websites that hold to these views. Many of the articles I read on either side of the issue are very compelling. But it has occurred to me that the leaders in the YEC and OEC camps have missed something very important: the main thrust of Genesis 1.
Did God create the universe in six 24-hour periods or did he create everything in six unspecified ages taking millions of years? I’d like to suggest that the timing of God’s creative act actually misses the main point of Genesis 1. By asking this question we may actually be asking the wrong question, or at least a question that is not the central focus of Genesis. Allow me to elaborate.
No matter who we are we must find an answer to the ultimate question of life: "Who is Jesus?"
- He is the Son of God
- He is the Savior
- He is the Lord
Have you ever heard this one: Can God create a rock so heavy that even he could not lift it? Did you know that there is a biblical answer to that question? The answer is rather simple. Jesus collapsed under the weight of his own cross. The theological answer is that God could create such a thing when he submits himself to his own rules of creation as when he became a man, lived as a man, and died as a man for our sake.