When Did Jesus Give His Disciples the Great Commission?

The Great Commission is one of the most well-known and pivotal events in the Christian faith, as it outlines the call to evangelize and spread the gospel to all nations. But when exactly did Jesus give this commission to his disciples?

According to the Bible, the Great Commission was given by Jesus to his disciples after his resurrection. In Matthew 28:18-20, it states:

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 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,
20 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 because it outlines Jesus’ command for his followers to go out into all nations, make disciples, baptize them, and teach them everything he has commanded.

However, it’s important to note that this wasn’t the first time Jesus had spoken about spreading his message. In fact, throughout his ministry, he often spoke about spreading God’s word and bringing salvation to all people.

One example of this can be found in Mark 16:15 where Jesus says:

Mark 16:15

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

This verse also emphasizes that spreading God’s message was a crucial part of Jesus’ mission on earth.

Another instance where Jesus urged his disciples to share their faith was during what is known as The Sermon on The Mount in Matthew 5-7. In chapter 5 verse 14-16 he says:

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.

Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. “

This passage urges believers to share their faith through their actions and example.

In conclusion, while Jesus didn’t specifically give his disciples the Great Commission until after his resurrection, he consistently emphasized throughout his ministry that spreading the gospel message was an essential part of his mission on earth. As Christians, we are called to share God’s love with others and bring salvation to all nations.