And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)
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 alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:18-20).
ChristJesus had died and was risen again from the dead! Salvation; perfect, complete, and full salvation had been purchased through His shedding of His own blood! The only Way of eternal life had been thrown wide open unto a lost, perishing world! And now, before He was going to ascend up into heaven for His Church, Jesus sends His disciples to "go, and teach all nations," (Matthew 28:19); (Luke 24:46, Matthew 28:7, Hebrews , John 14:6).
Salvation was provided that the nations might be saved! And now to be silent? No, the disciples must go. The love of Christ constrains them to go. The world of dying sinners must know that Jesus, the eternal God with the Father, had died that they might live in Him. A Lamb had been provided! The serpent in the wilderness had been uplifted! The nations must know it! Go disciples; go and tell this perishing world of My dying love to them! Go and make of them disciples, disciples unto Me. (John, 2 Corinthians , Romans 5:6-11, Genesis 22:8, John, Matthew 28:19).
The heart of Christ overflows with love to sinners. He desires that all the nations might know and be saved through faith in His Name. And so He commissions His disciples to be the means whereby He would gather His Church, His blood-bought Bride unto Himself, that they might "follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth," (Revelation 14:4); (Romans 5:8, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 10:13-15, Acts 20:28).
Christ Jesus had been victorious over the power of sin, and death, and hell. He was victorious over all! He triumphed over all! And therefore, with all authority and right, He sends His weak disciples to proclaim the gospel with all authority and power. Now the dead would hear and live! Jesus lives victorious and would triumph over the hearts and prejudiced wills of sinners, long held under Satan's dominion. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" of Me that they might hear, might look to Me, and be saved in Me! (1 Corinthians 15: 54-57, Colossians 2:15, Luke 24:49, John 5:25, Isaiah 45:22).
The commission is urgent. Necessity and constraining love require it to be. And yet, it is a great task. Trials and persecutions are ahead. The disciples would be engaged in spiritual warfare; and now Christ was leaving them to go up into heaven. But, He was not going to leave them, for He would ever be with them by His eternal Spirit and Godhead. Before He ascends, He gives His disciples their greatest comfort to urge them forward in this great task. Jesus' final word of promise is "And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world," (Matthew 28:20). The battle is the Lord's, and He will have the victory. His kingdom most assuredly will come among all nations. Go, "go ye therefore!" (Matthew, Matthew 24:9, Ephesians , 1 Samuel 17:47, Matthew 24:14, Psalm 72:17, Psalm 22:27-31).
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Dear friend, where are you at? Are you a disciple of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? Then Christ's word to you is "go." Although not all believers are called to a vocation of ordained missionary ministry, yet every believer is called to be a disciple and is commissioned by Christ to "go, and teach all nations." God grant that His love to you would constrain you to go.
But, where are you at, oh sinner? Are you yet unsaved? While countless others have been gathered in, have you still not yet been gathered? While thousands, who were once like you, are now disciples of Christ and are going and proclaiming the gospel of salvation to the nations, are you yet unsaved? Are you yet perishing among the dying multitudes? Then Christ's word to you is not to go forth, but to come. To you He still invites and calls, "Come unto Me," (Isaiah); "Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth," (Isaiah 45:22). One day the harvest time will pass by. Then tarry no longer, but go to Jesus. Cast your sins upon Him. Look to Him for forgiveness, salvation, life, and holiness. This moment your heart may washed whiter than snow through His blood. Then you too will become a disciple and follower of the Lamb. Now then go, not away, but to the cross, to the fountain, to the Saviour. (Jeremiah 8:20, Psalm 51:7, Revelation 7:14, Luke 8:39).