Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mat 28:16-20
- His authority.
- Our mission.
By rising from the dead, Jesus has authority over all of sin and death.
Rather than using His authority to take revenge on His enemies, He commissions His followers to make more disciples.
"Some doubted" - wow! After all they have seen. This is real. We should be patient with anyone who doubts.
Go --> baptize --> teach. We are saved and good works result, not the other way around.
Followers of Jesus go because Jesus went. He was the first missionary.
Our sharing of the gospel is like someone whistling the theme of a symphony. It is weak and limited, but God can transform it in the mind of the hearer into the full beauty.
How do we do this?
- Hang out with unbelievers. Do what you love to do, with them.
Like the pastor says "By the authority vested in me…" in a wedding, we have Jesus' authority vested in us to go and make disciples.
He will be with us. This is a fact.