From Matthew 27-28
Jesus has all authority and he is bringing it to bear on creation. He is in the process of restoring the world. The great commission is intrinsic to Jesus plan. In today’s passage Jesus commands his followers to go out into the world.
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
The gospel according to Matthew ends with a command.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt 28.16-20)
All authority has been given to Jesus. Does that imply a time when he did not have all authority?
Regardless of that, in response the apostles are called to make disciples of all nations. All nations, that is not just the Jews. Jesus is referring to us in part.
Baptizing them in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The connection of these three is trinitarian.
The apostles are to teach the commands of Jesus to those they share the gospel with. Indeed as we have seen there are many instructions Jesus gives in the gospel.
Jesus finishes with a word of assurance. He will always be with them.
Jesus has all authority and he is bringing it to bear on creation. He is in the process of restoring the world. The great commission is intrinsic to Jesus plan. We are to make his name and authority known. We are to baptize those who he calls into his kingdom. We are to teach them what Jesus commanded.
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