Jesus Christ’s time on earth was short, but his message has had a profound impact on human history. His teachings have inspired millions of people across the globe to live a life of faith, hope, and love. The final message that Jesus gave his disciples before he ascended into heaven is particularly significant.
The Great Commission
Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples are recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 28:18-20:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. “
This passage is often referred to as “The Great Commission.” It is a call to action for all believers to share the Good News with others and make disciples for Christ.
The Authority of Jesus
Jesus begins by asserting his authority over all things – both in heaven and on earth. This statement highlights Jesus’ divinity, as only God could claim such authority.
By acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior, we accept his authority over our lives. We are called to submit ourselves to him completely, trusting that he knows what is best for us.
The Call to Go
The second part of the Great Commission is a call to action – “go and make disciples of all nations.” This command challenges us to step out of our comfort zones and share our faith with others.
We are not called to keep our faith hidden or to live in isolation. Rather, we are called to be ambassadors for Christ – sharing his love and message of salvation with everyone around us.
The Method of Making Disciples
Jesus’ instructions on how to make disciples are twofold – baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded. Baptism is a public declaration of faith and a symbol of our new life in Christ.
Teaching others to obey everything Jesus has commanded is a lifelong process. It involves not only instructing new believers but also living out our faith as an example for others to follow.
The Great Commission is a powerful reminder that Jesus’ message is not just for us but for all people everywhere. We are called to share the Good News with those around us, making disciples for Christ and living out our faith in every aspect of our lives. May we always remember the words of Jesus as we seek to follow him faithfully.