Matthew 28:18-20 “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.”
That statement, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth,” should cause us to stop and take notice. Usually, when one states their position or title, a directive follows. Consider biblically, the commands we receive from God.
“Thus saith the Lord...” appears 413 times in the Bible. All of which are Old Testament references. At first, it was directly with Adam and Eve. After the garden, God’s interaction with mankind came in theophanies or a visible manifestation of God to man.
God then came to His people through the one designated to be His mouthpiece. Moses met with God in the desert as God spoke through the burning bush. He and Aaron became the voice of God to the Israelites.
Through time, the prophets were used by God to deliver God’s message to the people. Not just the nation of Israel, but all countries were visited by God’s messengers. The words of their prophecies did not always make sense at the time, but looking back, we can piece together God’s timeline to today.
The Bible stands not only as our book of promises but also from a loving, Heavenly Father who desires us to know Him. The plan God put into place for our salvation was not just a ticket out of Hell. It is so much more than that!
Our Father does not just give general missives to a collective group. He is a personal, one-on-one God who knows each of us more intimately than we know ourselves.
When Jesus came, never a man spoke like this man.
John 7:46 “The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.”
His words and miracles showed a multitude just Who He was, and He tried to tell them why He came.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
This Savior, this Redeemer, this Son of God, now lovingly commissions us to be His ambassadors to tell a lost and dying world of His saving grace.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
We are not told, nor can we successfully complete this commission in our own power. We are sent, to be sure. We are commanded to tell of those things which we have seen and heard.
But one of the things which we are asked with often goes unheeded.
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”
The ‘all things’ is the whole counsel of God. Not just of eternal life, but how to live until we get there. But the commission Jesus gave for us to be His witnesses is to all. We should look for opportunities to share our own personal testimony of how we came to know Jesus personally.
If Jesus came to “seek and to save,” we should be doing the same. It is our job to extend the invitation. It is their choice to make once they are told. This is not unthankful work we do. There are rewards for being a faithful witness.
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.”
That crown of rejoicing is for those who have testified to others of the wondrous salvation in Jesus Christ. It is God who works in and through us to draw them unto Himself. We must be faithful proclaimers.
Today, fulfill your commission by telling someone what happened that day you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.