This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, representing the arrival of Christ into Jerusalem during the last week of His life and ministry. When Christ arrived He was hailed by the crowds as the coming messiah. Men, women and children waved palm branches crying out, “Hosanna, Hosanna,” which means “save us. But how Jesus would save was largely misunderstood, and within a week He would be all but abandoned by His followers. They would scatter.
As we arrive at these week’s passage, in our journey through the book of Acts, we once again see the disciples scattering. But this time it is because of their faith in Jesus, rather than their lack of, that they are on the run. They are not scattering and denying Jesus. Instead, they are scattering and proclaiming Jesus. The persecution of the early church was used by God to further the message of salvation beyond Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria.
Today, God is still sending the Church into the whole world with the good news about Jesus. God is sending out the Congregational Church of Goffstown. He is sending out you and me. There is much we can learn from the early church about the nature of mission we’ve been sent out on. This Sunday we’ll make several observations about the good news of Jesus and what we are to do with it, as we continue our journey through the book of Acts.