Title: The Great Commission
Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
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.
Explanation: Matthew concludes his gospel by recording Jesus’s parting words. Instead of saying goodbye, He tells them about the next phase of God’s plan to bring His kingdom to this world, and it would include the disciples making other disciples. The invitation to follow Jesus was to be taken to everybody who would listen and want to be united to God and His kingdom coming. This was more than just a prayer people prayed, or getting into a tub of water. Baptism was the beginning of a process of turning over every area of their lives in complete loyalty to Jesus. That is why it was so important for them not only to tell people who Jesus was, but also to teach them to observe all that He commanded.
This was the calling of the disciples, and Matthew included it so that all disciples would know this was the calling of their lives as well. It’s a tall order. And so, in His very last words, Jesus promises they won’t have to do it alone. This is an allusion to the fact He was going to give them the Holy Spirit (His presence with us here on earth). It’s a promise for each of us as we try to live out His calling on our lives.
- How did you first become a disciple of Christ?
- What does it mean to go and make disciples?
- What are some ways you are doing just as Jesus commanded us to do? How are you making disciples?