The Great Commission, the incredible command Jesus Himself gave us before He ascended to the Father. Telling His disciples what they are to do, while also reminding them of who He is through it all. We may look at the Great Commission as a crazy task, trusting it to be possible because God is the One who said it’ll happen, but looking further into this passage, it’s not about us, really.
“18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
This passage begins and ends with Jesus. HE has all authority, and HE is with us always. If those two statements are absolute truth, and they are, then what is our hold-up? Jesus is the High Priest, our King, Savior, and all-powerful God, who is with His people always as our Good Shepherd, protecting and guarding us.
If indeed He has all authority and He is with us, then the rest of the Great Commission statement can and will be accomplished, so it takes the pressure off us, right? We don’t have to save anyone because we can’t anyway. He knows our weaknesses and the messiness in us, but He uses us when we give ourselves to Him.
He has all authority, and He is with us, so we can go.
He has all authority, and He is with us, so we can make disciples.
He has all authority, and He is with us, so we can go to all the nations.
He has all authority, and He is with us, so we can baptize believers.
He has all authority, and He is with us, so we can teach believers how to obey Jesus.
He has all authority.
He is with us.
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