He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
— Mark 16:15
I have always liked the story—it’s not factual, but it is based on truth—the story of when Jesus Christ returned to Heaven after His resurrection and His ascension. When He arrived in heaven, as the story goes, all of the angels gathered around to hear about His great exploits on the earth below. He told them about His birth in a manger, about the life He lived, about His work as a carpenter, His mission as a prophet going out and preaching and teaching, the gathering together of His disciples, His betrayal, His scourging, His mockery, His condemnation, the Cross, the spikes, the sword, the tomb, and finally the glorious resurrection and His return into Heaven.
He said, “I have told my disciples that they are to go into all the world and tell everyone that through what I have done, they may have pardon and forgiveness and reconciliation and may receive the free gift of eternal life.”
Then there was quiet among the angels. Finally, one of them said, “Lord, but what if they don’t do that? What other plan do you have?”
Jesus Christ replied, “I have no other plan.”
Dear friends, you are it.