18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
At first glance it looks like a very specific command that Jesus is giving to the disciples after His resurrection. It’s a pretty demanding task to put on 11 men: “go and make disciples of all the nations…” Forget the rest of the passage. That statement alone seems unattainable. But we can look back on history and see how this band of missionaries set out and took the Gospel to the ends of the earth. I believe that they were able to do accomplish this great feat because of the first and last statements that Christ makes: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth,” and “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” A God-sized, Great Commission would require God-sized strength and power to accomplish and that’s exactly what Jesus Christ delivered to His disciples.
So what now? What does this verse directed toward those men have to do with me? Alot. Quite simply, Jesus’ original disciples all dwelling in glory for all eternity with Him but the Great Commission is still here. It still applies and still needs to be fulfilled. Our advantage is that there are many more disciples today than there were in the 1st century. In my opinion though, there are less Christians who are living lives governed by the Great Commission. If a dozen men, even hundreds of men could have changed the world, why can’t the “millions” of Christians living in the world today turn things upside down and change the status quo?
It’s time to do something about it. It’s time to take the words of Christ Himself and put them into action. This isn’t a hard command to figure out. There is no cryptic speech or language to decode. Go into the entire world and share the Gospel. Whether you’re checking out at the grocery store or on a short-term mission trip thousands of miles around the world…make disciples. Christ started something revolutionary and His original disciples carried on, but it’s on us now. It’s my turn to step up and my part to conitnue the legacy of the Kingdom of God! Whether or not someone comes to know Jesus Christ is my responsibility now.
Will you join me? Will you carry on the legacy that has been left by Christ and fulfilled by countless disciples since that night in the upper room? What will you do to change the world for Jesus Christ?