Because Jesus has all authority, we are to GO!
In this story from the Bible, Jesus gives a command that is just as relevant today as it was when Peter and the other disciples heard it 2,000 years ago.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The word “therefore” is used all throughout the Bible, and in our lives today. “Therefore” means that x leads directly to y. Simple cause and effect, right?
Even though Jesus speaks clearly, his command is not the easiest to carry out.
Jesus says that because he has complete authority, the disciples and all his followers are to go and continue going for all their days to make disciples in every place on earth. The Kingdom of God is not limited to peoples of certain races, upbringing, geographical locations, anything. Jesus is sure to say, make disciples of all nations!
He gives distinct instructions on how to make more disciples, expanding the Kingdom. Jesus directs the disciples to grow their numbers by baptizing people in the name of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He also tells the disciples to raise new believers up by teaching them to obey everything he has commanded during his time on Earth.
Jesus, speaking from his place of power as conqueror of death, confers the holy purpose of growing God’s Kingdom to his disciples. He has established the Kingdom on Earth and now hands his mission to the eleven. Jesus gives them the blueprints, the plans to continue growing the Kingdom – by making disciples, and baptizing and teaching new followers. But beyond all this, Jesus provides sustenance to follow through on all these commands.
Jesus gives the disciples the promise of his presence. “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Be encouraged as you go to carry out this mission!
Questions for discussion:
- What is the Kingdom of God? What does it mean to you?
- How do you grow the Kingdom? Look at the main action verbs of the passage.
- What are we saying to Jesus if we do not follow through on those verbs? What does inaction say of Jesus’ authority over your life?