Here We Go

Did you know that Jesus has the authority to give us the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) The eleven disciples do not immediately go to Galilee as instructed. Instead, they hide behind closed doors in Jerusalem fearing the Jews. John 20:19~On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” (NIV) If I had been Jesus, I would have appeared and said Boo. However, Jesus is too loving and understanding to do that. He recognizes their lack of faith, and first meets them in Jerusalem and later, Galilee. 

Matthew 28:16-17~Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. (ESV) This short phrase, and many others like it, prove the integrity of the Bible. Revealing the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Face it, some of us would have doubted. The disciples are such excellent examples of how God remains faithful 2 Timothy 2:13~if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. (NIV) Matthew 28:18~And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (ESV) Jesus is no longer the Suffering Savior. He is the Resurrected Messiah who has all authority. 

On His authority, Jesus gives His disciples the Great Commission Matthew 28:19~Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (ESV) Matthew 28:20~teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. (ESV) Jesus has just commanded three vital actions for making disciples. First, we must Go, therefore. The word, therefore, refers to Jesus’ authority, which is the reason we must carry out His commands. While the word (πορεύω poreuō) go or as you go. As you go about your daily life, go in the authority of Jesus, and make disciples. Teach people to be both learners and followers of Jesus.

Second, Jesus tells us that the making of disciples requires baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (βαπτίζω baptizō) means to immerse, to be totally submerged. It is to be buried beneath just as Jesus was and to be raised to walk in the newness of life in Christ. It also draws our attention the life in the spirit. 2 Corinthians 13:14~May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (NIV) Baptism symbolizes burying our selfishness and sin, as well as being raised to live a new life of submission to Christ and a willingness to live God’s way. It’s also symbolic of our belief in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. 

Third, Jesus says, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Discipleship is more than making converts, it’s also teaching those who come to Jesus to walk out our faith through Biblical truths. The Bible is to be our litmus test and to shape our world view. This is what it means to be a disciple. The Great Commission is not a suggestion it is a requirement for those walking in the way of Christ. To do so is to engage in the promise of verse 20. Matthew 28:20~…I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. 

Are you walking with Jesus today? If you are, then you are living out the Great Commission and that means Jesus is with us every minute of every day in the person of the Holy Spirit. This is reminiscent of God’s promise to Joshua that He would never leave nor forsake him. Joshua 1:5~No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. (ESV) Saints stand today in the power of our risen Savior Jesus Christ. As you go about your daily life, go in the authority of Jesus, and make disciples.

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