Christians Are Sent To Keep People From Dying In Their Sins

“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”” (John 20:21–23 LSB)


Jesus has sent His people to testify about Him to the world. Jesus has empowered His people with His Spirit so that we do not fear the consequences of men who fail to respond well to our message about Jesus. The consequences for not telling others about the peace with God available, and only accessible, through Jesus, is that they remain unforgiven and in their sin. We see so much sin in the world. This is normal in that all of humanity is born into sin, born rebels against God and one another. It is the gospel that leads us to repentance by the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit so that we see that our ways are indeed evil and we seek the presence of God in us to help us stop doing those things that hurt us, our relationship with God, and our relationship with one another. All people everywhere need Jesus for healing of their souls, for help with their relationships, and for pardon from sin so that we can all enter heaven as children of God. Failure to go as the sent ones of God is to leave people in the carnage of their sins. The only true and eternal source of healing for the brokenness of humanity is the person of Jesus, His work on the cross, and His provision of His Spirit for living well today with Him and one another. We so desperately need the church, you and me, to love people more deeply, so that we stop leaving people broken in their sins because we won’t tell them about the only source of eternal healing, that is about Jesus the Savior of the world.


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