The Great Commission
Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Jesus had come to earth as a babe, lived a sinless life, and completed His Father’s will.
He had presented Himself as the Messiah, been rejected by the chief priests and elders, been crucified, and raised from the dead, an ever-living Savior.
And now the disciples are waiting for Christ Jesus, for He told them He would go into Galilee, and there they would see Him. (Matthew 28:10)
In Galilee may be the time Jesus restored Peter, when after denying the Lord three times; he was asked three times: “Do you love Me?”.
And three times Peter said, “Yes, Lord, You know I love you.”
This was not the last message to the disciples; for that was a Mt. Olivet, where He ascended into heaven before them. (Acts 1:1-12)
But here in Matthew is a commission of great proportions! For it covers the whole world!
And here, we see Jesus as our all powerful Mediator. Here He places Himself in between the Father and us.
Assuring us of His Presence, and of His power for us, as we do our work.
Our work is to: “Go”….
Isaiah 52:10 “The Lord hath made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”
In all languages, the sign King of the Jews was printed. In all languages the news of His resurrection was given out.
We are to show the world (all nations) the salvation of the Lord. It was called the gospel because it is good news to all.
Mark 16:15 “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Our work is to: “teach all nations”. In the Greek “teach” is really “to disciple”.
We are to disciple all nations.
(“To disciple” means that we are to bring them to the place where they hear Christ Jesus for themselves, and are obeying that Him. It is personal.)
In every nation and tongue there will be those who believe and receive Christ Jesus; and we are to lead them on in His Word.
Revelation 5:9-10 “And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred and tongue, and people, and nation;
And has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
We are to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Baptism is a sign that we are born again. That we are choosing Christ; and turning our backs on the world and sin (dead unto sin and the world);
and we are alive unto God…and walking in the newness of His life in us.
Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
Our work is to “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded”.
(This is a different Greek word here for “teaching”. It means to make them learn by instruction, and instruction is always by example as well as doctrine.
The instruction has reference to the Words and commands that Jesus gave them….the scriptures they wrote, the things He told them.)
We are to teach believers “to observe” for themselves the scriptures. Showing them the value of them, by a Christ-filled life, and encouraging them to “search the scriptures,…they are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39)
1 Timothy 4:12, 16 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect (complete), thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
And we are to go, knowing that He is with us always.
He said, “I am with you alway”, not I will be. His bodily presence was to be removed; but His spiritual presence was with them alway. (John 13:16, 18)
He was with them in protection and power:
MH. I am with you to bear you up in difficulties, and sufferings. And I am with you to make your ministry effectual. Who would listen or be persuaded about a crucified Christ? Yet the power of Christ would make the point.