Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Over the next few posts I want to take some time to look at the great commission of Jesus, and what that does, or should mean in our lives.
(This is part 1 of our multi-part series on The Great Commission)
It is something I have been thinking about recently – what are we actually doing here? Why has God called us to where we are today? What is God calling us to next? No doubt, some of this is because of personal circumstances – my wife and I are waiting for the ‘next thing’ that God is calling us to. We know that it will become clear as soon as it is meant to – but we are learning patience and endurance until then…
So, what is this about going into all the nations, teaching and baptizing?
First, there is something that is easy to overlook – certainly something I did until it was shown to me. This is one of the only recorded times that Jesus specified a date and place that He was to meet with the disciples. We know that at least the disciples came – there is the possibility that this is the same event as mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians where over 500 people saw Jesus, but we don’t really know.
What we do know, is that the disciples were obedient to the call. Jesus called them to be somewhere – at a certain time – and they were there, ready for Him.
And what was the first thing they did? They worshipped Him.
We are in a new age now. No longer do we have to wait for a specified time and place to meet with God. We don’t have to wait until Sunday to meet God at the altar, or wait until a specified feast, or our annual journey to the great temple in Jerusalem.
Since Pentecost, all Christians have had the Holy Spirit. God is with us always, everywhere we go. Everything we do is done with God right there. No longer do we need to wait until a specified time and place to meet with our Lord, but we can meet Him now – wherever we are, whatever we are doing. And we can worship Him as God.
So join me over the next few days as we reflect on what the Great Commission means to us now, almost 2000 years after Jesus commanded us to Go.