And Jesus came 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 of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Before going to sit on his throne at the right hand of His Father, Jesus gave clear instructions to His disciples. The church has called final instructions from the Lord the Great Commission. These instructions were based on the power and authority that has our Lord. These ordinances are not limited to the original disciples but extend to all who have believed in Christ. But in addition to the instructions, there is a great promise; He will be with us until the end of the world.
When we began our work in a new job, one of the first things we get is a list of tasks to do our part. Some employers also include the criteria under which our performance will be measured as well as the goals and objectives we intend to achieve. But most important of all is also fill us in on what are the vision and mission of the company for which we work.
As Christians it is our duty to be clear about the tasks we should perform. In Matthew 28:18-20, the Lord sends us (go) with a specific mission: to make disciples of all nations. With this we are saying that the expectations expected of us are that we do not remain in our comfort zone but we leave it. The expansion of the Kingdom of God is not confined to the borders of the country in which we live. So we have to go anywhere to which we are sent by our Lord.
Making disciples means to train others in the same way we have been trained. It is to reproduce in others the same way as cell division which produces new cells to form tissues which in turn constitute the organs of every living being. If we fail to make disciples, the expansion of the Kingdom of God on earth would stagnate. If the apostles had not fulfilled the Great Commission, Christ’s church had been extinguished in the first century of our era.
The baptism of new believers is the conscious demonstration that we have believed in Jesus Christ and identified with Him is clear from Matthew 28:18-20 that to be a disciple is a step prior to being baptized. And to be a disciple, the mentor must teach the student everything that Master ordered, which is written in the Bible.
Carrying out the Great Commission could not be an easy task. Surely we will find difficulties and not everyone will receive the Word in the same way. And the explanation of the parable of the sower (Matthew 13: 18-23) makes this clear. But the good news is that our Lord promised to be with us until the end which assures us we will not be working alone. God bless you.