Jesus’ Great Calling
Matthew 28:16-20 is called the Great Commission.
Jesus had already risen from the dead. Now he is about to leave his disciples and return to the Father. He is giving the disciples final instructions.
"Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
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.”
Verse 16 says that some of the disciples doubted. The struggles that some still carried in their hearts shows how unprepared they were for the task. In spite of this, Jesus entrusted these men with the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Jesus continues to trust in his disciples, who are us today. You can trust yourself too, knowing your ability to help fulfill the Great Commission comes from two promises:
1. Jesus has all authority and that authority is being transferred to you. That authority to make disciples on your campus is given to you by Jesus.
2. Jesus promised that He would be with you forever. He did not leave you alone to fulfill the task. He continues working in you through the Holy Spirit.
Everywhere we look we see evidence of God working to give everyone the opportunity to know His love and grace. It is absolutely wonderful to know that when we work to fulfill the Great Commission, we are joining an everlasting partnership with Jesus.