The Great Commission

This devotional is written by Matt Coombs who is married to Pip and works on the leadership team at St Mary’s.

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."


This passage comes at the very end of Matthew’s gospel and is often known as: The Great Commission. It is Jesus' last earthly message to his disciples. When you know that you’re doing something for the last time you want to make it count. While Jesus still leads and guides, this is the message he wants his disciples to remember as his parting command. His final message: Go make disciples.
Jesus’ first disciples really took this message to heart.
Fisherman became missionaries. A tax collector became a teacher. A small group of scared men huddled in a locked room went into the streets proclaiming the Lord Jesus.
Spend a moment meditating on these verses again. Read them through a few times prayerfully. What stands out? What did you need to be reminded of today?
Jesus has all the authority in heaven and on earth and he entrusts his purposes with you.
Jesus commands us to Go! Have we nestled ourselves safely in the comfort of the church?
Jesus will be with you.

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