17th November 2019
Jesus Gave the Great Commission
After Jesus had been raised from the dead, He met with His disciples over the next 40 days. During that time, Jesus told them even more about God’s kingdom. Then Jesus’ eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee. Jesus had told them to go there. When the disciples saw Jesus, some of them worshiped Him. But some of the disciples still doubted. Then Jesus went up to them and said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Jesus is God the Son; He always had authority. But after Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, God gave Him all authority in heaven and on earth. Jesus is the King over all creation, and He rules over God’s kingdom. Jesus gave the disciples—and everyone who follows Him—a job to do. He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel. Make disciples of people from every nation.” A disciple is a follower. Jesus wants His followers to tell people all over the world how to be rescued from sin and death by trusting in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Then those people who believe would become disciples of Jesus too. Jesus also said, “Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” New disciples are cleansed from sin by Jesus’ blood. When believers are baptized, they show the world that they have turned away from sin and trusted in Jesus as their Savior. Jesus continued, “Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Disciples who love Jesus will want to obey Him. Then Jesus said, “Remember this: I am always with you, until the very end of the age.”
Read:Matthew 28:16-20 & 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
The good news about what Jesus has done to rescue us from our sins is too great to keep to ourselves. Before Jesus went back to heaven, He gave the disciples a job to do. Jesus wants His followers to teach people everywhere about Jesus so they will trust in Him as their Lord and Savior.
Talk to your kids about the importance of living out the Great Commission. Because Jesus has authority over all places and all people at all times, we can take the good news about Jesus to all places and all people at all times.
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Family Activity Idea: Take your kids to a mall or public park to share the gospel with someone they have never met.
- Who else is called to make disciples?
- What does it mean to be a “disciple”?
- How can we be a disciple?
God, You gave believers a great big job to do. We thank You for Your promise us that You will be with us. Give us courage to share Your great news with others. Help us to remember You give us the power by the Spirit to share the good news.