Matt 28 16-20
19 ‘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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The “Great Commission”! Isn’t that what the resurrection life is all about? Perhaps, I should explain myself a little better before we discuss the meaning of Jesus’ parting words to us in the book of Matthew.
What exactly do I mean when I refer to “the resurrection life”? I mean simply this: a life lived in the power and strength of God, not our own. When we expect and anticipate the Holy Spirit working in us and through us, we will experience a life better than we have ever known. Yes, we will have trials, but God, by the power of His Spirit, will never forsake us. He promises to always be with us (Matt 28:20 paraphrased). And the good life, will be our best life yet!
So, how does the “Great Commission” tie into the resurrection life? We see in our scripture passage that it’s a command to complete 4 actions: go, make, baptize and teach. The disciples are basically told to make followers of Christ throughout the known world. Notice such words as, all nations, obey everything and with you always. One might say they were hyperboles, exaggerated words used to make a point in a story, however, in this case, Jesus meant every word! Such a daunting task seems like an impossible feat! And it is, if we try to go forth and obey this command without the power of God!
So, why did Christ give this command if the Spirit had not yet come? How could the Disciples possibly complete their divine assignment without Spiritual help? It is my opinion that Christ gave this command at that specific time for two reasons:
- Christ knew that His Disciples would soon be empowered by His Holy Spirit which would enable them to complete the mission they were called to.
- Christ’s spoken Word to the Apostles became the written Word that we have today. So, the “Great Commission” was not only meant for Christ’s Disciples but also for us and for future generations to come until His final return.
In closing, we see Christ’s Disciples spending stolen moments with their Lord and Savior as Jesus prepares their hearts for His departure to Heaven. They are hanging on His every word. They listen intently to His instruction and will carry out His plan diligently. Do we spend moments with our Savior everyday? Do we savor those moments or are they rushed and preoccupied? How are we doing with the “Great Commission”? Maybe we aren’t all called to be itinerant preachers, however, do we tell others about Jesus, about the Kingdom of God? Just food for thought….
Papa, Please fill us with Your Spirit today. For those who have never experienced You in such a personal or powerful way, reveal Yourself afresh, my Lord. In Jesus, I come before You, My King. Amen
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13