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In English, we slur words and, over time, create new ones. You all became y’all and Christ’s Mass became Christmas. The same thing happened with the Old English phrase Godes sonde. It was a way of describing that which comes from God. Today, instead of saying godes sonde, we say godsend. …
Jesus was a godsend.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
God sent Jesus, so Jesus sends us. Knowing that we have been sent by Jesus gives confidence, assurance, and purpose to everyday life. … The Father sent the Son to serve, heal, feed, forgive, and redeem. The Son sends us out to do the same. This is why the twelve disciples are also known as the twelve apostles—“apostle” literally means one “sent with a message.” As his disciples, we, too, become apostles—godsends to the world! …
To be discipled by Jesus is to live a sent life. Jesus intends the church to be a godsend to its community. Together, we as God’s people are sent—knowingly and unknowingly—as instruments of mercy and grace. We are not where we are by accident; everywhere is a divine appointment.
Climb a high mountain, Zion. You’re the preacher of good news. Raise your voice. Make it good and loud, Jerusalem. You’re the preacher of good news. Speak loud and clear. Don’t be timid!
–Isaiah 40:9-11, The Message