Jesus calls a meeting of His disciples on a mountain in Galilee, which they obviously all were acquainted with. It appears as if Jesus had sent word through the seven He had made breakfast for, to direct the others to this mountain.
As they arrive, the more than five hundred disciples begin to worship Jesus and yet Matthew points out, “some still doubted.” Wow! After a time of worship,
Jesus speaks to them, and gives them all what many have called the Great Commission, yet in reality it is an Everyday Commission. This commission of Jesus, like the other three, are intended by Jesus to be lived out each and every day as a lifestyle by those who are true disciples of Jesus!
Jesus’ First Commission: “As the Father sent Me, so send I you” was given by Jesus in Jerusalem on the evening of the day He rose from the dead. After giving the commission, Jesus breathed on them the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-22).
Jesus’ Second Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation…” was given by Jesus in Jerusalem eight days after He had risen from the dead. (Mark 16:15).
Jesus’ Third Commission: “Feed My lambs, Tend My sheep, Feed my sheep” was given by Jesus in Galilee on the beach a few weeks after He had risen from the dead. (John 21:15-17).
Jesus’ Fourth Commission: “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations…” was given by Jesus in Galilee on the mountain several weeks after He had risen from the dead. (Matthew
Each time, Jesus gives them the same commission, but in more specific detail. There is really only one main command in this commission. Jesus tells them, as you go through life, wherever life takes you, do this one thing make disciples. Notice he does NOT say, make converts, plant churches, build buildings for me, begin organizations, start denominations, or the myriad of other things people in the church find themselves doing. Jesus simply tells them to make disciples.
Jesus had spent three years of His life making disciples. He said in Luke 6:40, “When a disciple is fully trained, he will be like his Master.” Jesus ade disciples and He expected them to do the same. Jesus expected them to be just like Him. Just like Him on the inside; having His character, His attitude, His mind, and to be just like Him on the outside; having His priorities and walking as He walked (1 John 2:6). Paul put it this way, until we all attain the measure of the stature of the fullness of Jesus Christ and to grow up in every way into Jesus who is the head, of the body (taken from Ephesians 4:13,15).
Jesus wants you and I to be just like Him in the way we think, in how we feel, in our attitudes and emotions, in our hearts, in our hands, and in the way we relate to God the Father and others. God predestined us to become like Jesus in everyday life (Romans 8:29). That is the goal: Christ likeness. Jesus in me living through me.
- When you look in the mirror, who do you see? If you see yourself, God still has some more work to do. God wants you and others to see Jesus in you. A mature disciple is someone who looks, talks, feels, and acts like Jesus, the Master.Ask the Lord each morning to make you more like Jesus to do what He did.
- Consider the Bibleless – How can they become more like Jesus if they do not have His Word in a language they can understand and follow?
This Pentecost season join other Christ followers to give God’s Word to those who do not have the Good News in their language.
Thank you for giving the Living Word to the Bibleless.
GIVE GOD'S WORD TO THE BIBLELESS
To Be Continued...
On earth, just a handful of Galileans watched in awe as Jesus ascended. Two heavenly beings arrived, confirming that the post-resurrection appearances of the last 40 days were now over-but for a few exceptional occurrences.