So send I you

“As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” – John 20:21

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”– Mark 16:15

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10:14–15


To go on mission to all of creation is to express something indispensable about God’s nature. In the Bible, the word sent occurs more than 650 times, and in a majority of its uses, God is doing the sending. In the Old Testament, He sends angels to minister, manna to feed, and prophets to warn. He sends disasters to stop tyrants or discipline His people. He sends leaders to deliver. God is attentive to needs, and so He sends.

In the New Testament, the story of God reaches a climax as He sends His own Son into the world to suffer and die for our sin and to restore His creation. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” Jesus says. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” Jesus Christ is the ultimate signpost of heaven.

Nearing the end of His ministry on earth, Jesus turned to His followers and said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Then he sent the Holy Spirit to make our mission possible. In this story of God, we see the sequence of redemption: The Father sends the Son; the Son sends the Spirit; and the Father, Son, and Spirit send us.

The idea of being sent isn’t an agenda cooked up by some religious organization. It is the heartbeat of the living God. He is a God who sends and who goes Himself. In fact, without the word sent, you couldn’t find the gospel in the Bible. That’s why when we go to people and places in need, we are expressing the Creator’s nature. We are representing heaven and our King.

Of course, when God sends us, we don’t have to go. Even the early apostles balked. For quite a while they kept the Good News in Jerusalem. I can understand why they didn’t want to leave. People were responding to the gospel all over the place. A lot of lives were being changed. Why leave when the program was breaking all records? But God wanted them to go into all the world and to all creation with the Good News. Perhaps to help get them going, He allowed persecution. Christians in Jerusalem started getting thrown in jail, beaten, even killed. Within just a few years, followers of Jesus had scattered throughout the Roman Empire, spreading the Good News of the kingdom as they went. — Rick McKinley


So send I you to labour unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing,
So send I you to toil for Me alone.
As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.

So send I you to bind the bruised and broken,
O’er wand’ring souls to work, to weep, to wake,
To bear the burdens of a world aweary—
So send I you to suffer for My sake.
As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.

So send I you—to loneliness and longing,
With heart a-hungering for the loved and known;
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one,
So send I you—to know My love alone.
As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.

So send I you—to leave your life’s ambitions,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labour long and love where men revile you,
So send I you—to lose your life in Mine.
As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.

So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred,
To eyes made blind because they will not see,
To spend, tho’ it be blood, to spend and spare not—
So send I you to taste of Calvary.
As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.
— Margaret Clarkson

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