We’re probably all familiar with Jesus’ final words before He ascended. Matthew 28: 19-20. The Great Commission.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Actually, the post-Resurrection accounts are very clear about God’s desire for us to go and tell others.
After the women found the tomb empty, the angel told them not only to go and tell but to go quickly. Matthew 28:7
And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.
As the women ran to tell the disciples, Jesus met them. Again, He Himself told them to go. Matthew 28:10
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
In John chapter 20, the disciples were in the locked room, hiding in fear, Jesus appeared before them and guess what He told them!
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
He sent them to spread the message of His forgiveness, the message of the Gospel. He wanted them to tell people that God made them, that God loves them, that they are sinners, and that Jesus offers forgiveness for all sins. The Good News.
The Great Commission just before His ascension was a final reminder of what Jesus wanted His followers to do. As I read the accounts of all that happened after His resurrection, it seems clear to me that Jesus’ heart is for people to know Him, for His followers to share the good news with others, for His disciples to go and make more disciples. Over and over, He says “Go” and “Go quickly!”
Over the next few days, I hope to write about this Great Commission. What exactly does it mean? How can we do this? What’s the most effective way to go and make disciples? What should the Christian’s focus be? I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me as we explore this topic.