The Command: GO!

God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptized, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commands us to tell others the good news and make them disciples for the kingdom.
When someone is dying or leaving us, his or her last words are very important. Jesus left the disciples with these words of instruction: they were under his authority; they were to make more disciples; they were to baptize and teach these new disciples to obey Christ; Christ would be with them always.
Whereas in previous missions Jesus had sent his disciples only to the Jews (Matthew 10:5-6
[5]Jesus sent out these twelve, charging them, Go nowhere among the Gentiles and do not go into any town of the Samaritans;
[6]But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.) their mission from now on would be worldwide. Jesus is lord of earth, and he died for the sins of people from all nations.
We are to go – whether it is next door or to another country – and make disciples. It is not an option, but a command to all who call Jesus “Lord” We are not all evangelists in the formal sense, but we have all received gifts that we can use to help fulfill the Great Commission. As we obey, we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us.
Jesus’ words affirm the reality of the Trinity. Some people accuse theologians of making up the concept of the Trinity and reading it into scripture. As we see here, the concept comes directly from Jesus himself. He did not say baptize them into the names, but into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The word Trinity does not occur in Scripture,but it well describes the three-in-one nature of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The disciples were to baptize people because baptism unites a believer with Jesus Christ in his or her death to sin and resurrection to new life. Baptism symbolizes submission to Christ a willingness to live God’s way, and identification with God’s covenant people.
How is Jesus with us? Jesus was with the disciples physically until he ascended into heaven, and then spiritually through the Holy Spirit ( Acts 1:4, And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised, Of which [He said] you have heard Me speak.) The Holy Spirit would be Jesus’ presence that would never leave them ( John 14:26, But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.). Jesus continues to be with us today through his Spirit.
The old testament prophecies and genealogies in the book of Matthew present Jesus’ credentials for being King of the World – not a military or political leader, as the disciples had originally hoped, but a spiritual King who can overcome all evil and rule in the heart of every person who believes. If we refuse to serve the King faithfully, we are disloyal subjects, fit only to be banished from the kingdom. We must make Jesus King of our lives and worship him as savior, King, and Lord.


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