Posted by: missionventureministries | October 31, 2011

THE GREAT COMMISSION – Matthew 28:18-20


“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Here we read the last recorded personal directive of the Savior to His disciples shortly before He ascended into heaven. This commandment holds great significance to all followers of Jesus Christ because it calls every Christian to step out in faith and spread the Good News.

Once a person repents of their sin, accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and makes a decision to follow Him, they are to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Then we are to continue nourishing the babe in Christ by teaching them to observe all things that Jesus commanded us to do. The indwelling Holy Spirit in each believer will empower us to do this work. Acts 1:8 tells us: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Believers who obey this command change their spiritual lives forever and Jesus will bless their efforts because they are seeking to obey Him. A disciple of Christ is a believing person who lives a life of conscious and constant identification with Christ in life, death, and resurrection, in words, behavior, attitudes, motives and purposes. Fully realizing Christ’s absolute ownership of his life and delighting in the lordship of Christ. A disciple lives by the abiding, indwelling resources of Christ according to His purposes for the chief end of glorifying his Lord and Savior.

As disciples of Jesus Christ the incarnate Son of God, we can be spreading the Good News to a neighbor, a colleague at work or someone at school. We can be sharing it with less fortunate kids down the street or spreading the Word in a town many miles away. Wherever we go, every faithful disciple of Christ is compelled through obedience to share the Gospel. As a believer in Jesus Christ, we are called to go where we are lead and share His love and His free gift of Salvation with everyone we come in contact with, knowing that Christ will be by our side, “to make disciples of all the nations.”

The Great Commission is only possible because of the triumphant work of God’s Son, Jesus the Lord. In other words, it is due to His work as God the Son incarnate that He acts as our representative and substitute and wins for us our salvation. Without His entire work for us there would be no salvation and no Great Commission. It is this latter emphasis which Matthew 28:18-20 stresses. By virtue of His resurrection, our Lord announces that “all authority has been given to Him” so that as the victorious and triumphant Lord He sends His people out into the world. It is under the marching orders of King Jesus that we, as His ambassadors, take the gospel to the nations. Once again, this reminds us that there is no higher calling imaginable than to serve as His ambassadors announcing His triumphant work and kingdom to the nations.

Please remember that a life of witness is, and must be, a life of worship. It is leading others into the presence of God through the guidance and empowering of the Holy Spirit, with the end result being the ultimate glory of God.

Lord, help me to love with words and deeds, to reach out to sinners and meet their needs. Lord burden my heart for those lost in sin, with Your mercy and love that flows from within.

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