Friday, April 29, 2011

The Great Commission

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Matthew 28:18-20

Before His betrayal, Jesus had prayed in the garden to the Father, "You gave Him (Jesus) authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."  Before He left the earth to join His Father in heaven, the Lord gave His disciples the Great Commission: Go and make disciples in all the nations. Jesus gave His life so that all people could come to Him and have eternal life, no matter who or where they are. But how could anyone have eternal life through Jesus Christ, unless they had heard the good news of His gospel? The Great Commission was not just for HIs eleven disciples. It continues today through those who believe and will continue until Christ returns. It is Christ's commandment to us and His spirit is with us as we carry it out. 

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