Friday, April 19, 2013
DAY 50: GO, Make Disciples!
“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 28:18-20
Today is the ULTIMATE challenge and perhaps the most intimidating of all the Lord’s commands to many Christians... but it doesn’t have to be! Let’s break down the Lord’s command:
“All authority has been given unto me... GO Therefore!”
Jesus, through His death, burial and resurrection was awarded ALL the authority in Heaven AND on earth and BECAUSE He has ALL AUTHORITY, we are commanded to GO!
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” - Philippians 2:9-11
“...make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost...”
A Disciple is a STUDENT, all nations literally translates to “all ethnic (people) groups”. We are to do everything we can to make ALL people groups into students of the King and his Kingdom!
How do we do that?
“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;“
We make students of all ethnic groups by teaching them EVERYTHING that Jesus has commanded us! It’s not that hard to make a disciple; if Jesus has taught YOU something, teach others to do the same!
How can we do this seemingly impossible task?
“and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
This one might take you a little while... maybe your whole life?? Get with it!