Posted on Fri, Jun 1, 2012
The Great Commission of Christ
Matthew 28: 16-20
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore[c] 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.
And Amen! This very familiar portion of scripture has become known as “the Great Commission”. Jesus knew that whatever he asked us to do would be nearly, if not totally, impossible to accomplish on our own. Not only would we need the committed, fortified and enduring support of our Brother and Sisters in His Church, but we would also have his unyielding presence throughout life’s journey…even to the end of the age! This truly gives pause and reflection (Selah) to the reason we ascribe worth to, or worship, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pastor Liz described it so well when she noted and commented on Psalm 92:1-3
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to Your name, O Most High, proclaiming Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. Psalm 92:1-3 (NIV).
Change that to the music of a six-stringed guitar and the melody of a piano and you have the beginnings of a modern-day worship team. The important part of this passage, however, is to praise the Lord and make music to His name; not just with the worship team on Sunday morning, but by proclaiming His “love in the morning and His faithfulness at night.” We have so many reasons to worship our Jesus daily. His name is above all names (Philippians 2:9). He cares about our lives here on earth. God cares so much, He sent His son to die a horrific, shameful and painful death so that we could be redeemed. “…If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) What greater reason than that do we have to be in constant worship to Him?
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