Week Nine - Day One
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20 - 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, baptiz- ing 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.”
Eleven disciples left Jerusalem and went to Galilee to the place where Jesus first began his ministry three years earlier. It was also the region where the eleven dis- ciples had originally met Jesus. Now they met the risen Jesus and worshiped him. This was the spontaneous result of seeing the resurrected Jesus. No outside in- struction or worship leader was required, just an unrehearsed and natural reaction to being in the presence of the resurrected Jesus. After Jesus had proven to his disciples that he was the Messiah, as foretold in the Scriptures, they worshiped him as their God. Three years earlier they had “left everything and followed him” (Luke 5:11) and now they would lay down their lives for their risen Savior and Lord.
Verses 19 and 20 are known as the Great Commission; the first word is “Go.” This is a command resulting from his prior declaration in verse 18. Jesus is saying, “Be- cause I’ve been given all authority, go.” It is not merely a suggestion from a great moral teacher, but a command from the ruler of the universe! If you believe that Jesus is God, then the Great Commission is not the Great Option.
- How does worship of Jesus flow into the Great Commission?
- What bearing does Jesus have on your life's purpose? How is this a good thing?