The Great Commission
“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.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The last teachings and instructions of the Lord Jesus took place after His crucifixion and Resurrection. He taught the disciples many things, but the only teachings that are recorded are these passages in which Jesus commands His disciples to reach out to the whole world and make disciples through the Gospel. I believe that these passages (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:17-20; Luke 24:45-49; John 20:21-22; Acts 1:7-9) are the marching orders for the Church until Jesus Christ comes again. This is the primary mission that God has given to every generation.
It is thrilling that the Lord Jesus gave the same promise to the church that He gave to Moses when He commanded him to go to Egypt and deliver His people Israel from their slavery. Moses faced a humanly impossible challenge, but God said, “I will go with you”. God was promising that HE would be THE resource for Moses in EVERY need and obstacle. The Lord Jesus said the same when He said to His disciples “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”. What more do we need? What other promise do we need?
“And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (Matthew 13:58) How many churches today face this same problem? The Mission is clear. The laborers are few. (Matthew 9:37-38)
Isaiah said, “I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’” And I said, “HERE AM I. SEND ME.” (Isaiah 6:8)