by John M. Fuller
“He is risen!” “He is risen, indeed!” is reported as a standard greeting of the early church. Go and tell it! He has risen from the dead. He has conquered death. Hallelujah!
During the Christmas season we sing “Go, tell it on the mountain.” The third verse of the song says, “Down in a lowly manger, the humble Christ was born. And God sent us salvation, that blessed Christmas morn.” Don’t ever stop going and telling. Jesus came as a baby to live as a man, die on the cross, and come back from the dead. All to bring us salvation!
Don’t Be Afraid
When the women came to the tomb the angel told them not to be afraid, but to go and tell his brothers that Jesus is alive. They hurried off to tell the disciples and they met Jesus. He told them not to be afraid, but to go and tell (Matthew 28:5-10). The message is important: there is no room for fear. Don’t fear men (10:28). Don’t be afraid; just go and tell the good news!
Not Everyone Will Believe
The good news of Jesus Christ is the most important message anyone could ever deliver. After the disciples found the tomb empty and were told to go to a mountain in Galilee, Jesus met them there. He was right there in front of them and some still doubted. So we should not be surprised when some do not believe us. But we are still commanded to go and tell. Many enter the wide, broad gate that leads to destruction and only a few find the road that leads to life (7:13, 14).
Christ’s Last Command
Christ ended his ministry on earth by telling us to go and tell. It was a simple command. We don’t have to be creative; we just need to be faithful. Go to everyone. Tell them everything. Don’t worry about anything because the risen Christ will be with you. You have no excuse. Just go and tell!
John M. Fuller serves as the preaching minister of Silver Star Christian Church in Orlando, FL. He has served as the Treasurer of the National Missionary Convention for the last nine years. He and his wife, Miriam, have two sons, Jedidiah and Josiah, who are in full-time ministry.