– Charles Ikutiminu
Love Went to the Cross
Jesus was commissioned by the God-Head to bring humanity back to the place where before the foundation of the earth, He’d always designed humanity to be. In other words, the Great Commission does not start with us, the Great Commission started with God sending Jesus into the earth.
Paul writing to the Corinthians states it this way:
2 Corinthians 5
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Jesus was sent by the Father to bring the world to Himself.
I checked the word “commission” in the dictionary:
“To give an order for or authorize the production of something; such as a building, piece of equipment or work of art.”
“It is an authorization or a command to act in a prescribed manner or to perform a prescribed act.”
In thinking about this I felt God stirred in my heart a particular commission, human commission. I came tonight to tell you that the great commission was not just a passive idea that Jesus put out for a few people to busy themselves with. The great commission is what God Himself put out all of His resources behind, committed to His Son and His Son in turn committed to the church.
Listen to the words of Jesus:
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
This is what I felt God tell me; the missing component in the church in the Great Commission is the understanding that it was love that went to the cross. The Great Commission must be executed with people and by people who are full of love. It is love that put Him on that cross.
The greatest resource of the church is people that are full of the love of God because in it is undergirded the fullness of all power. When he declared all power is giving unto me, it’s because he ripped all the authority that hell had when he went to there. Here is the greater reality, the love of God is the essence of the substance of God that will outlast all that hell had.
Believers who realize that God so loved the world and not just the Christian, and are full of the love of God are the ones who must drive the Great Commission.
The love that we are dealing with is the endless, boundless, limitless, unending wealth of value and dignity that is willing to be poured to eight billion people that can make up their minds that none us will accept it, yet he will not run dry, and He will keep pouring if none of the eight billion accepts it.
He is El-Elyon, the self-existent one, who has more love in Him that there is fear and hate in the world, so much more than enough to completely consume and displace every fear, shame and guilt, and saturate us in Him.