What is our (and MINE) mission NOW?
THE GREAT SENDING (MT) from Matthew 28: 16-20
16. And the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17. And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted.
18. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
20. And teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And, behold, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Background: A few days before this meeting, Jesus was in the agony of death: in Matt. 26: 38-39. "Then said Jesus unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me." Then he walked a little further, fell on his face, and prayed, "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."
After the grief of death before the crucifixion follows the triumph in Galilee where Jesus gave the final instructions to His disciples and their descendants that are necessary for the fulfillment of our mission on earth. If at Golgotha was the end of Jesus' sufferings, now and here is the beginning of a work that will last until His return: Jesus began his work in the Cana of Galilee and also here he ends his work on earth by transmitting the work of his chosen ones to lead mission extended to the end.
- If we want to fulfill the MT (Great Commandment), we must want this and listen to Jesus: V.16 - “they went… where Jesus had commanded them to go ..”
- If we want to fulfill the MT, we must be devoted to Jesus: V.17 - “they saw him and worshiped him ...” and we are not among those who “doubted ..” Their doubt it was not that they did not believe in Him, but rather the surprise of seeing Him again, as in Thomas, it took some more to realize that Jesus is truly alive. The verb used here is distazo which means not only to doubt but also to hesitate! Not to mention that they were afraid of being rejected by the way they rejected Him and all left Him!
In verse 18 the vision of Daniel 7: 13-14 is fulfilled - “I beheld in my night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven (JESUS); he came to the Ancient of Days and was brought before Him. He was given dominion, glory, and royal power to serve all peoples, nations, and peoples of all languages. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and it shall not pass away, neither shall his kingdom be destroyed.
The universal mastery of Jesus now requires a universal mission!
When we want to get involved in evangelism and mission, we must use the methods used by Jesus, the eternal King: v.18a - “..with he came unto them, and talked with them ..” and told them four essential things, on which we must also understand in order to be able to confess Jesus:
1. What do we need for the mission? V.18b
Our attitude must be one of total dependence because He has all the AUTHORITY to equip us with what we need: ".. ALL THE POWER HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH .." and He has given us this power as well. of the Holy Ghost, that we may be able to represent Him before all the world: Acts 1: 8 - “But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, all Judah, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. "
2. Where is the mission done? V.19a
Once we accept that we depend on Him and the power of the Holy Spirit, then we are ready to hear / hear what He tells us, we must do what He says: James 1: 22,25 - “Be obedient to the Word, not just hearers, deceiving. yourself. ... But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his work. total obedience in doing what He commanded us for "ALL nations":
a. to go to all ethnic groups, v.19a
b. to make disciples of all nations, who in turn to make other disciples => multiplication, v.19a
c. to baptize those who believe in Him, v.19b
d. to teach them, that they may grow in ministry, and that they may teach others, v.20a
Baptism and learning are related to the main imperative, to go and make disciples and specify what discipleship means. If John's baptism was only a forerunner, a preparatory one, Jesus now institutes complete baptism, in ALL the Trinity, as it was at His baptism (Matt. 3: 16-17: 16). And straightway the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him: and a voice was heard from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. who find pleasure in me. ")
3. How is the mission done? V.20a
Once we know who to go to, we must understand what to ask of the evangelized, giving them a healthy teaching, which we ourselves must practice, so we need a total experience according to ALL the commandments given, to keep us and “keep (them) EVERYTHING he has commanded us” No one can make disciples and no one can be a disciple if he does not keep ALL the commandments given by Jesus.
4. How long does the mission last? V.20b
With all the authority given to us, we go to all the nations and preach the whole gospel to them, baptize them and teach them all the commandments and how to keep them, but HOW LONG?
We need obedience, learning, service ALL the time we live, because: "behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
When Jesus came into the world, Jesus told us in his name that "God is with us": Matt. 1:23 - "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel." which, interpreted, means, "God is with us." He told us that He is with us when we are few: Matt. 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. . " And he tells us here that he is not only with the 11 disciples but also with all of us, until the end of the age.
It is good to have churches (even large ones) that are full of people born again, where the evangelized can be brought to learn and grow spiritually, and the church to grow numerically, but if the Church, we all of us who are members of the Body of Christ who is the Church, He being the Head of the Church, do not go out to confess Him, then we and the Church have lost our mandate as Ambassadors / Witnesses of Jesus.
Jesus and the gospel tell us: go, but we sit in the buildings / in the church and wait, Jesus / the gospel tell us to look for the lost, lost, weak, and the church is waiting for them to come and look for us. us in the church! Jesus told us what He has done and what He is asking of us NOW, as workers with Him and the churches / pastors now: “I will seek the lost, I will bring back the lost, I will bind the wounded and I will strengthen the weak one. But I will keep the fat and the strong: I will feed them as they please. ”(Ezek.34: 16)