Day 46: April 10 Easter Monday
Afterwards He was manifested to the eleven as they sat, and reproached them for their unbelief and hard-heartedness, because they believed not those who had observed Him when He was risen. And He said to them, Going forth into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who believes not shall be condemned. And these signs shall follow along with those who believe: In My name they shall cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; though they drink anything deadly, it shall not harm them; they shall lay hands on those who were ailing, and they shall become well. Then indeed the Lord, after speaking to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And going out, they preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through signs following after. Amen. (Mark 16:14-20)
The Divine mercy is pure mercy towards the whole human race, to save it; and it is also unceasing towards every man, and is never withdrawn from anyone; so that everyone is saved who can be saved. And yet no one can be saved except by Divine means, which means have been revealed by the Lord, in the Word. The Divine means are what are called Divine truths, which teach how man must live in order to be saved. (Heaven and Hell 522)
The Lord cannot act contrary to His own Divine order, and His order is that man should examine himself, see his evils, resist them, and this as of himself, yet from the Lord. This does not indeed at this day appear to be the Gospel, nevertheless it is the Gospel, for the Gospel is salvation by the Lord. (Brief Exposition 52)
Our mission going forward is to “preach the Gospel to every creature.” This especially means to have the Gospel fill every aspect of our lives. It may not be everyone’s job to be preachers or evangelists, but it is our job to make our life into an example and testament of the Lord’s salvation.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)