Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20
We are called Great Commission churches. But what is the Great Commission? It’s given in some verses out of Matthew 28. You can read them above.
But what is the context for the Great Commission, these famous words spoken by Jesus? Look at verse 18 of Matthew 28: “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’” So the context is very important—this is Jesus the Risen Savior speaking, Jesus who has all authority in heaven and on earth.
Let’s think about the importance of context for a minute. There’s an example from Will Ferrell, actor and comedian. He quotes the line, “A baby’s laughter is the most beautiful sound you will ever hear.” Then he comments on this seemingly unquestionable truth: “Unless it’s 3 am. And you’re home alone. And you don’t have a baby.” He’s right—context matters. Rather than beauty, we may have insanity here!
So the context for the Great Commission matters. Jesus is alive from the dead, having gone through the cross and the tomb. At this point He could have established His kingdom, a new political order in Israel. But He didn’t. Instead He gave these directions to His disciples. Jesus is talking from a position of strength and great power. And He says that the Great Commission is the overarching task for every Christian and in every church.
The Great Commission
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