Go Forth . . . Finish the Story
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:15-20 NKJV
According to Mark’s recollection of the Great Commission, the story of Jesus Christ, His Gospel, kingdom and power are continued after the resurrection—from the Acts of the Apostles until this present day. Believers have been called, anointed, and appointed to finish the story of Jesus Christ by demonstrating the power of the Gospel through, preaching, teaching, healing, etc.
This is all possible for believers to do because of the promise that Jesus made: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12). These promised works (demonstrations) are not greater miracles but greater “works”—not greater in quality but in quantity.
Spirit-filled believers have been anointed and appointed to go forth and to do good (Acts 10:38) because the King and His kingdom lives inside of them (Luke 17:21). God’s kingdom is a kingdom of power. And, as recorded in the Living Bible: “The Kingdom of God is not just talking; it is living by God’s power (1 Cor. 4:20). Make no mistake about it; the power is more than mere religious form and talk, it is also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance (2 Tim. 3:5; 1 Thess. 1:5).
The Spirit of the Lord is on you, because he has anointed you to preach good news to the poor. God has sent you to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, and to release the oppressed (Luke 4:18). Go forth and finish Jesus’ story by demonstrating the power of the Gospel through preaching, teaching, healing and any means available!