84. Matthew 28:19
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. —Matthew 28:19
The Great Commission is easy to memorize if you keep in mind its five great components.
- His power. At our church we sometimes have a commissioning service for missionaries leaving to serve in other places. Matthew 28 gives us our Lord’s commissioning service for every Christian. The Great Commission begins with Christ’s assertion of authority over heaven and earth. He has the right to send us even to those who don’t invite us to come. We’re authorized to go with the full backing of His unlimited power and authority.
- His purpose. We’re to make disciples. Literally this passage says, “As you are going, make disciples.” A disciple is someone who confesses Christ as Lord, is actively growing in His Word, and is fully committed to His purpose of making other disciples.
- His place. Our zone of ministry is the world: “all nations.” In Matthew 24, Jesus predicted the gospel would be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations before He returns.
- His plan. Disciple-making involves two simple steps—baptizing and teaching. Baptizing implies we’ve shared the gospel and led someone to receive it. Then we must teach that person. Notice that Jesus doesn’t say, “teaching them everything I have commanded you,” but, “teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” Discipleship isn’t just a matter of book learning, but of lifestyle transformation.
- His presence. Just as Jesus began His Commission by asserting His power, He ended by promising His presence. He’ll abide with us always, to the end of the age. He’s a very present help, a Friend who sticks closer than a brother, and the unseen Partner in all our efforts for His kingdom.
Ever notice how God made every living thing to propagate? I can’t get over how persistently the plants spread in my little garden. Stubborn weeds and grasses shoot across the mulch, creating entrenched aggravations for me. Nearby raspberries launch new stems like meteors, shooting through the air, landing, taking root, and sending out more stems to nearby spots. The neighboring maple trees send out an air force of helicopters that drop their seeds like bombs all over my vegetable beds and flowerpots.So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that God built the same driving potential into His church. It is as natural for the church of Jesus Christ to spread as it is for weeds, raspberries, and maple trees. And, in fact, it’s not just a potential and a pattern; it is a commandment. It is our commission. We’re sent like human helicopters into this world to spread the message of Christ, person-to-person, until it covers the globe.
If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?—David Livingstone
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