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           “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen’” (Matthew 28:18-20).

            In the hymn titled “Make it Known” Roy Harris wrote, “There’s a story that is old, But tho’ oft it has been told, It is one which makes the hearts of man rejoice, For it tells of one who died, on the cross was crucified, Make it known that all may heed the Master’s voice.”  The gospel of Christ is man’s hope for eternal life.  The Roman writer stated, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).  James wrote, “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).  Without the gospel of Christ mankind will discover that he is also without hope.  Paul described the condition of the Gentiles, prior to obedience to Christ stating, “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” (Ephesians 2:12).

            Roy Harris continued the hymn with the words “Go ye into all the world, Keep the Gospel flag unfurled, tell the lost they must believe, obey His Word; Many souls in blindness grope, without God, without a hope, You must work till they the Gospel call have heard”.  Jesus chose the preaching (teaching) of the cross as a plan for saving man.  No Christian has been freed from the task of sharing the gospel.  Mark recorded, “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16).  The soul-saving message has survived throughout the centuries and is just as valuable, important, today as it was in the 1st Century church.  Paul told Timothy “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:2). 

            Mr. Harris stated, “Do not linger, do not shirk, For the Master we must work, Christ commands you “Go”, on you He now depends; Go ye morning, night and noon, your reward is sure and soon, Preach the Gospel of the Lord where’er He sends.  Make it known, make it known, Send the Gospel story all the world around; Let the joyful message ring as of Jesus’ love we sing. That the souls now lost in darkness may be found.”  Teaching the gospel is an urgent task.  We cannot know when the Lord will come.  Peter wrote, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (II Peter 3:10). 

            Matthew wrote of the judgment stating that there would be a great separation of the righteous from the unrighteous (the sheep from the goats).  He wrote, “And He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left” (Matthew 25:33). Matthew then recorded the judgment handed down on both groups.  He stated, “Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” (Matthew 25:34) and continued “ Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41).  Concluding the pronouncement of judgment we are told, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matthew 25:46).

            If Jesus were to appear in the clouds today and bring mankind before Him to be judged, which side would we find ourselves on?  What judgment would we hear?  Would He say to us “Come” or “Depart”? Where will you dwell in eternity?

 

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