"Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations" Luke 24:47
First of all, it is important to notice among these last words of Jesus what it is that is to be preached. We are to preach repentance and remission of sins. It is not right to preach remission of sins without repentance. Neither should repentance be taught without the comfort of sin’s remission. The two go hand in hand.
Second, both repentance and forgiveness are to be preached only in His name. As Peter later followed His Savior’s commission, he proclaimed, “There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Salvation, including both repentance and forgiveness, are only found in Jesus Christ.
Finally, we observe where this message is to be taken: it is to be preached among all nations. How utterly we miss the point if we think the command is fulfilled by only declaring the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ from our safe pulpits and within the walls of our own home!
The name of Jesus is to be exalted in all the earth. This message is to be shared among all nations. None are to be excluded, none are to be considered above, or beneath, this proclamation.Will you be a faithful witness today? Will you support those God-sent heralds whose beautiful feet are trekking the planet for the glory of Christ?
“Be of good comfort…and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 This admonition and promise, at first glance, seem to be backwards. It seems as though Paul should first give the promise of God’s presence with us, followed by the admonition to therefore be comforted. But he doesn’t.
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9).
Our theme for this anniversary month is, “Give Glory to God.” All the messages this month on both the Sunday and daily programs are connected with that theme. In today’s message we are looking at the model prayer. What a blessing that we are invited to address, “our Father.” We are not speaking to one who is indifferent to our situation but to our heavenly Father who loves us.
We are to pray, “Hallowed be thy name.” Our prayer and desire should be for God’s name to be honored. If that is our desire we will avoid praying unacceptable, selfish prayers, and pray that God’s name will be glorified, that His kingdom will be expanded and that his will be done in us as earthen vessels and throughout the earth.All Sermons by Lasserre Bradley, Jr.