The Good News Recognized In You
"It was a small group of eleven men whom Jesus commissioned to carry on his work, and bring the gospel to the whole world. They were not distinguished; they were not well educated; they had no influential backers... If they had stopped to weigh up the probabilities of succeeding in their mission, even granted their conviction that Jesus was alive, and that his Spirit went with them to equip them for their task, their hearts must surely have sunk, so heavily were the odds weighted against them. How could they possibly succeed? and yet they did." - Michael Green
The early church faced great obstacles and opposition. They didn't have the New Testament canon yet, no established organization and only a handful of clearly defined leaders. They encountered opposition and physical danger. Still, the spread of the good news of Jesus Christ continued.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Jesus expects all his followers to be involved in spreading the gospel (the good news about who he is and what he did for all of us).
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
How long does a person have to speak with us before he or she recognizes that we have been with Jesus?