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The Great Commission…
“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 always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:18-20 KJV).”
What is my reaction, my response?
Am I compelled to obey by a sense of compassion and urgency?
Has the Great Commission of Jesus become the great compelling need?
“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled (Luke 14:23 KJV).”
Christ followers are commissioned, called to go, to share the gospel.
I can’t help but notice the opening and close of the Great Commission.
It opens with “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18 KJV).”
The passage closes with “lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’ Amen (Matthew 28:20 KJV).”
Jesus is the authority behind the commission. He provides His presence and power to carry it out.