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Date: September 24

Category: New Life in God

Matthew 28:20b
"I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be)."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis is a promise that Jesus made to His disciples. These are the last words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He met with His disciples in Galilee on the mountain that He directed them to. (verse 16) Then it says in verse 17, "And when they saw Him, they fell down and worshiped Him; but some doubted." So there were some who were not sure if this was really Jesus or not. They had questions in their hearts. But in spite of that, Jesus approached them and gave to them all, what's known as "the great commission."

In verse 18b He says, "All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me." So because of Jesus' death and resurrection, something amazing has happened in the history of humanity. Something amazing happened in the lives of the disciples as well. Now that all power has been given to Jesus, He has the dynamism to give us the great commission, which we read in verse 19. "Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

The term, "make disciples" is more than just preaching and evangelizing. Preaching and evangelizing is important because people receive salvation that way. But after they receive salvation, we need to build them up to become disciples. That means we have to follow up with them and help them grow spiritually in the things of God, enabling them to become disciples and take on this great commission as well. This is what Jesus commands us to do.

He commands us to do this in "all the nations," meaning in every single country, to every single ethnic group, to every single individual. The city of Toronto (in Ontario, Canada) is the most multiculturally diverse city in the world. So making disciples in Toronto would mean visiting every ethnic group and preaching the Gospel to them and training them to become disciples. As Christians, we all have the commission to go to all the nations of the world and make disciples.

Not only does Jesus want us to preach the Gospel to people and make them into disciples, but He also wants us to baptize them. Baptizing people means immersing them into water completely and raising them back up as a symbol of being "born again." That way, they will become a part of the body of Christ. We are to do that in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. That's the trinity.

Then in verse 20a we read, "Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you." That's actually how we train them to become disciples. We have to take the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and start teaching others the Word of God. The purpose of teaching people the Word is so that they will observe everything that Jesus commands, meaning that they would listen and obey the Word of God. The teaching of God requires obedience on our part. If we are to experience any of the positive effects of it, we have to practice it in our lives every day.

When you plant a seed into the ground, that seed has to become one with the ground. It has to assimilate into the soil. When it does that, roots begin to grow into the ground. Then because the roots have developed, the seed will grow out from the ground and that seed will produce fruit. That's how we make disciples. We are to plant seeds into other people by preaching the Gospel to them. Then as we water those seeds (by teaching them the Word of God), they will begin to develop roots, meaning a foundation in the Word. Soon after, they will produce fruit in their lives, meaning they will grow spiritually and take on more and more of God's character. Then they will become disciples themselves and follow this great commission that we follow.

As we do all of that, we can be assured that Jesus will be with us because He has promised us here in verse 20b, "Behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be)." When you and I walk in obedience to the commandments of God, we don't have to ask God to be with us. When you and I reach out to share this Gospel of salvation, we don't have to question whether or not God is with us. Jesus promises that He will be with us as we work to accomplish this great commission. These are the last words of Jesus. So knowing that, we all can be confident in Christ and His Word that He is with us all the days until the end.

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