First of all, the GREAT claim! Jesus said “All authority has been given unto Me in heaven and on earth.” Jesus has ALL authority, not just some but ALL authority in heaven and on earth (vs. 18).
Secondly, it is a GREAT commission. It contains two parts, two-fold, it calls for evangelism and for encouragement/edification. Jesus, the one with all authority, said “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” A disciple is a “follower” of Christ, a Christian (Acts 11:26). So Jesus commanded to go make Christians. Then, secondly, He said “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (vs. 20). Once the disciples, Christians, are made they are to be taught how to live and be Christians. And the teaching must be loyal to the teachings of Christ, teach what He taught the way He taught it. To teach all things means that one must rebuke those doing wrong as well as praising and encouraging those doing right. It means to warn as well as instruct.
Thirdly, The GREAT Assurance. This promise of Christ is three-fold. 1. A promise of His personal presence (vs. 20). He said “I will be with you,” Not a representative, but He, Himself, will be with us. 2. It is an “abiding” presence. He said He would be with us “always” not just once in a while, not ever day or two but, always! This separates every other teacher the world has ever known. What other teacher has ever been with their students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Only Christ, our Lord and King. 3. Not just be with us but a “victorious” presence. He said, “even unto the end of the age.” He will be with us all the way through our lives right up to the crossing of the river of death. He will give us a safe passage across that river of separation (Psa. 23:4).
So, think about it, as you are right now, can you claim the Lord as your guide? Will He be there to strengthen and guide you into the unending bliss of eternal bliss? How are you fitting into, how are you obeying the Great Commission given to us in this wonderful passage of Matthew 28:18-20? Are you honestly, truly evangelizing for Christ? Are you honestly, truly teaching and growing those who have been converted to Christ? Is Christ with you as you are living right now?
Until next week, I love you all,
I want to thank Tommy Gaither of the Walnut congregation in Texarkana for the thoughts of this article. I did a little revising and rewording here and there but the basic thoughts are his.