The Great Commission
July 9, 2022 – Ron Green
He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,” ’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” John 1:23
The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
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. Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus gave not only the authority to His disciplines, but sought out these chosen men to be come His disciplines. And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20
Luke also wrote about Jesus sending out a group of disciples. Jesus also told them if the town refused to accept the “Good News” of Jesus, the disciples were instructed to wipe the dust off their feet and move on down the road.
Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. Luke 10:8-12
I found this next bit of information from a daily devotional I read from. I couldn’t of said it better myself. I never that of myself as a disciple, but God called me to be. Yes, He has called you to be a disciple as well. Think about it, God planned this before your parents even knew each other. What a blessing it is to be doing God’s will.
Everyone Is A Full Time Missionary.
This idea that every Christian is a full-time missionary may sound new or at least like a fresh perspective. Why is that? As we will see today, God’s Word makes crystal clear that each of us is called to make disciples of Jesus Christ no matter what job we have or where we live.
We know by the scriptures that Jesus told His disciples to go to all the nation. But what is a disciple. Are disciples different from apostles? Many people hear the words disciples and apostles, but really don’t know the difference between the two.
While a disciple is a student, one who learns from a teacher, an apostle is sent to deliver those teachings to others. “Apostle” means messenger, he who is sent. An apostle is sent to deliver or spread those teachings to others. The word “apostle” has two meanings, the larger meaning of a messenger and the narrow meaning to denote the twelve people directly linked to Jesus Christ.
We can say that all apostles were disciples but all disciples are not apostles. Jesus chose twelve Disciples and this inner circle of men came to be known as Apostles who were entrusted to spread the message of Jesus throughout the world so that eventually there would be many Disciples.
The term apostle came to be used after Ascension of Jesus. The Christian assembly defines Apostle as ‘a preliminary to choice of replacement of Judas’. Paul is also known as an apostle since he was awarded this title by Jesus himself.
The apostolic age came to an end when the last apostle died around 100AD. There are many disciples of Christianity spreading the words of Jesus even today. But there are no true apostles in Christian church today.
Sounds a little confusing, let’s break it down a bit further. It is important to know the difference between the two.
A disciple is a follower and student of a mentor, teacher, or any other wise person. Someone who accepts and helps in spreading the teachings of another or simply put one who learns any art or science.
An apostle is a messenger and ambassador. Someone who champions a critical reform movement, belief or cause (more so in the Christian context).
Jesus wants His ministry to continue even after the resurrection, that’s why He gave the Great Commission to His disciples. Nothing has changed even for today. Yes even today, Jesus’s ministry continues. If you are a Christian, that means you have chosen to follow Jesus. So don’t stop telling the world of the gospels, the Good News about Jesus.
I would encourage you to please contact the Church Ministry Staff for more information about the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
—- Chaplin Ron