Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive
our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
The Sermon for this week is: The Great Commission - Matthew
28:16-20 - Then the eleven disciples went
away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even
unto the end of the world. Amen.
1. The gospel of Matthew ends with Jesus meeting with His apostles in Galilee...
a. Foretold by Jesus before His betrayal - Matthew 26:31-32 - Then saith Jesus unto them,
All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
b. Announced by both an angel and Jesus after His resurrection - Matthew 28:7 - Then said Jesus
unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see
me. ; Matthew 28:10 - Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren
that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
2. It was a meeting filled with mixed emotions - Matthew 28:16-17 - Then the eleven disciples
went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some
a. Seeing Jesus, they worshipped Him
b. Yet some were doubtful
1) It is unlikely this refers to the apostles, for they had seen Jesus earlier - cf. John 20:19-20
- Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were
shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he
had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when
they saw the Lord. ; John 20:24-29 - But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus
came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his
hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not
believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then
came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy
finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet
2) This may have been the occasion where over 500 saw Him at once, and some may have wondered what they
were seeing - cf. 1 Corinthians 15:6 - After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the
greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
3. It was a meeting in which Jesus gave His disciples a command - Matthew 28:18-20 - And Jesus
came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore,
and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
a. To make disciples of all the nations
b. Baptizing and teaching them
-- Ending with a promise to always be with them
[This command is commonly called “The Great Commission”. As we take a few moments to
look at it more closely, we may better understand what was so “great” about it...]
I. GREAT IN ITS AUTHORITY
A. JESUS HAS BEEN GIVEN “ALL AUTHORITY”...
1. As the Creator, He had the original right to all things - Colossians 1:16-17 - For by him
were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they
be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before
all things, and by him all things consist.
2. As our Redeemer, even more so! - Philippians 2:6-11 - Who, being
in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the
form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is
above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of
God the Father.
B. “ALL AUTHORITY” BOTH IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH...
1. He now rules in the heavenly realm - 1 Peter 3:22 - Who is gone into heaven, and is on the
right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. ; Ephesians 1:20-23 - Which
he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand
in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and
every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
2. He also rules over the kings of the earth! - Revelation 1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, ; Psalms
2:1-12 - Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the
rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us
break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have
them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king
upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art
my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for
thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now
therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the
Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. ; Psalms 110:1-6 - The LORD
said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy
strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing
in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD
hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall
fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
C. WITH “ALL AUTHORITY” IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH...
1. Jesus certainly deserves our obedience to Him as Lord - Acts 2:36 - Therefore let all the
house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. ;
Luke 6:46 - And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
2. Jesus certainly can deliver on His promises - 2 Peter 1:2-5 - Grace and peace be multiplied
unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things
that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to
glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of
the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great
and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in
the world through lust.
[On the basis of such great authority, Jesus extends “The Great Commission”. As we
continue, we notice that it is...]
II. GREAT IN ITS MISSION
A. THEY WERE TO “MAKE DISCIPLES”...
1. The KJV says “teach”, the Greek word means “to make disciples”
2. Thus they were to make “learners”, “adherents”, “imitators” of
a. Jesus had been inviting people to become His disciples - Matthew 4:18-22 - And Jesus, walking
by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they
were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they
straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two
brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father,
mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. ; Matthew
11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and
lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
b. He expected His disciples to become like Him - Luke 6:40 - The disciple
is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
B. HOW THEY WERE TO “MAKE DISCIPLES”...
1. First, by “baptizing them” in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
a. A baptism for the remission of sins - Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and
be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost. ; Acts 22:16 - And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on
the name of the Lord.
b. A baptism in water - Acts 8:35-38 - Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture,
and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water:
and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said,
If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized
him. ; Acts 10:47-48 - Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the
Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain
c. A burial - Romans 6:3-6 - Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together
in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his
resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin
might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. ; Colossians 2:11-12 - In whom also ye are circumcised
with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation
of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
2. Then by “teaching them to observe all things” He had commanded
a. Baptism is only the beginning, teaching must continue
b. Such was the case with the early disciples - Acts 2:41-42 - Then they that gladly received
his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand
souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
-- Both baptism and ongoing teaching is essential to true discipleship!
[We should also observe concerning “The Great Commission” that it was...]
III. GREAT IN ITS SCOPE
A. IT IS FOR “ALL NATIONS”...
1. They were to go into all the world, and preach to every creature - Mark 16:15 - And he said
unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
2. They were to be witnesses to the uttermost parts of the earth - Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
B. FOR “ALL NATIONS”, NOT JUST ISRAEL...
1. With the Limited Commission, it was just for Israel - Matthew 10:5-6 - These twelve Jesus
sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But
go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
2. Now the Gentiles (all nations) could become fellow-heirs - Ephesians 2:11-22
- Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called
Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ,
being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God
in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace,
who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having
abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained
in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he
might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you
which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore
ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon
the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together
for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
C. FOR “ALL NATIONS”, NOT JUST OUR OWN...
1. Jesus would have us think “globally”, not just locally
2. While we should be mindful of our local community, we should also be thinking of those abroad
[Finally, we note concerning “The Great Commission” that it is...]
IV. GREAT IN ITS PROMISE
A. “I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS”...
1. A promise similar to those Jesus made earlier:
a. To His apostles - Matthew 18:20 - For where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
b. To those who keep His commandments - John 14:18-23 - I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while,
and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that
day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and
I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto
him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said
unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come
unto him, and make our abode with him.
2. A promise similar to those God gave to:
a. Moses - Exodus 3:11-12 - And Moses said unto God, Who am
I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly
I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou
hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
b. Joshua - Joshua 1:5 - There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of
thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake
c. The nation of Israel - Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am
with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
3. A promise that ought to provide much comfort when oppressed - Romans 8:31-38
- What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him
also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is
God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ
that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who
shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted
as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded,
that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, ;
Hebrews 13:5-6 - Let your conversation be without
covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will
not fear what man shall do unto me.
B. “EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE”...
1. Even to the time when:
a. The Great Harvest will occur - Matthew 13:39-43 - The enemy that
sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered
and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man
shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth
as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
b. The wicked shall be separated from the just - Matthew 13:49 - So
shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
2. Throughout this Christian age or dispensation, Jesus will forever be with His disciples
a. As they go into all the world
b. Making more disciples
1. Is “The Great Commission” limited just to the apostles...?
a. Note well that disciples were to “observe all things that I commanded you”
b. What did Jesus just command the apostles? (Go therefore and make disciples...)
c. Future disciples were to observe all commands, including this one!
-- Therefore “The Great Commission” is a commission to the church as well!
2. Do we honor “The Great Commission” in our lives...?
a. We do if we are submitting to the authority of Jesus
b. We do if we are working to make disciples of Jesus
c. We do if we are striving to make disciples in all the nations of the world
d. We do if we are abiding in His Word and thereby ensuring His abiding presence in our lives
Shortly after giving “The Great Commission”, Jesus ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9-11
- And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said,
Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come
in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.). His earliest disciples took that commission and did great things
with it. May these words of Jesus motivate us to do great things in our service to Him also!
Matthew 28:19-20 - Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15-16 - And
he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Lord I truly thank You for giving me the opportunity to present these words to my brethrens. I pray that You will
give them Your eternal blessings and accept them into Your heart - this I pray
in the name of Thy Son, Jesus, the Messiah, Your only begotten son which Ye sent to save mankind from themselves. Amen
6:23-24 - Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
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