Go, going, gone?

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.17 And when they saw him, they worshipped 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 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV).

 

Jesus’s final words to his disciples before ascending into Heaven are recorded for us at the end of Matthew’s gospel.  These instructions are often referred to as “The Great Commission” and lay out the work that Jesus left for his followers, back then and today, until his return. Reading these instructions in our modern English, it seems that there is an emphasis on the word “go.” We must remember, however, that the Bible wasn’t written originally in English, it was written in Greek.The construction of the passage in its original language can help us better understand what was being said. Without getting into a lesson on biblical Greek it is enough to know that the imperative (or command) in the Great Commission is “make disciples.”One could read the sentence as, “Make disciples as you go…” The Great Commission assumes that Jesus’s disciples will go about their lives, going to work, going to school, going to cookouts with their neighbors, etc. and instructs them (and us) to be about the business of making disciples as we are going. Just as the grace of God touches every part of our daily lives, so should the Great Commission (Pastor Henry Criss 2017, Week 4-Day & Of Prayer Journal).

Note that the verse does not denote nor connote gone.  The going is a life long pursuit for we will not reach every human being on planet earth before Christ returns – Revelations demonstrates that.

The “going” part of this commandment has been the most contentious command within the gospels. I have seen people become belligerent when as if they are going. I have seen people become abusive when asked if they will share while they are going about life.

I have seen people just refuse to talk or even think about sharing the most precious gift that they have ever received in their lives, as they are going about life, playing games in social media, and chatting with total strangers in social media.  We will talk about anything but Jesus and His shed blood for us.  I was not sure why that would be until I was reminded what true discipleship looks like in a Christian’s life. Listen to this sermon I hope that it will have the same impact on your life that it did on mine.  It reminded me that we cannot expect children [a Christian who is still a baby Christian] to do the same things that a parent [A Christian who is at the parent level in their walks with Christ] can and will do! As you listen to the sermon think about where you are in the cycle of a Christian’s life and pray for the Lord to reveal to you how you can grow from one stage to another. Then pray for Him to send someone who is will to “disciple” you so you can grow from one stage to another.

 

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