This is just a brief follow up to last night’s post.
Yesterday, I suggested that the heart of Jesus commission to the Church was to be found in two themes:
- The geographical mandate. Matthew talks about “all nations” and Luke says to the “ends of the earth”.
- Both mention telling people about Jesus “teach the to obey all the commands I have given you” and “you will be my witnesses”.
In other words, we are to tell people about Jesus wherever we find ourselves – simples. If this is the case, then Bible translation – making the record about Jesus available to people wherever they are in the world – must lie at the heart of what Jesus requires of his church.