I want to go back for a little bit of a refresher principle this week. What is our mission? What are we to be about? How are we equipped to be about our mission? How are we authenticated to be known for who we say we are? What should be the end result?
After Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected, He came to His remaining eleven disciples. Here’s how it went:
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted [that it was really He]. Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit , teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually – regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:16-20
There are several points that I would like to make from this particular passage:
- It is interesting to me that when Jesus came to the disciples, they worshiped Him, but some doubted. Jesus knew that. He didn’t scold them. He proceeded to give them their mission.
- The basis that Jesus gave for assigning the mission was His authority, the all-encompassing power of absolute rule in heaven and earth was His – it had been given to Him.
- Because of His authority, the disciples (and also us as His disciples) are to make disciples of all the nations.
- To disciple is to help the people learn of Jesus, believe in Him, and obey His words and then baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- The disciples were to teach the people to observe everything that Jesus had commanded them.
- Jesus made a promise that He would be with His disciples perpetually – regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion, even to the end of the age.
I believe that because of what Jesus said, the disciples were to receive His authority, they were to go (or as they go) and they were to teach what Jesus taught, they had to remember what Jesus taught and they had to obey what Jesus taught.
There was another teaching that Jesus gave His disciples just before His time in the garden followed by His trial and crucifixion. This teaching is recorded in John 17 as part of a conversation that Jesus was having with God:
Just as You commissioned and sent Me into the world, I also have commissioned and sent them (believers) into the world. For their sake I sanctify Myself [to do Your will], so that they also may be sanctified [set apart, dedicated, made holy] in [Your] truth. I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me.John 17:18-21
That’s it. That’s the whole of it. How are we doing?