The Claim for the Mission (Matthew 28:18-20)

ww27As followers of Christ, what is our mission, and collectively speaking, the church’s mission? It is to glorify the Lord. But how do we glorify the Lord? We do so by obeying the commands He gives us. Take Matthew 28:18-20 for example:

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Taken place after Jesus’ resurrection and before His ascension, we see the mission we are called to and the One who calls us to it. That is why over the next three weeks we will be looking at this passage and observing the why, what, and how of the mission. And it all begins with a claim for the mission. This is the ‘why’. For any of you who have children, you know the constant question of “Why?” It would make sense, then, as God’s children that He would give us an answer to such a question. Jesus answers this question by stating first and foremost that He has authority above all things (verse 18). Fulfilling what was foretold in Psalm 2, Jesus is the anointed King over all heaven and earth. He has made the claim He is God and has proven it by His power. Thus, He is God the Son and He is Lord. Because He is Lord, He should be obeyed. For those of us who are followers of Christ, this is critical. If we desire to truly follow Christ, then we will follow what He commands and obey what He teaches. And we do it all because He is our Authority and He has saved us so that we may worship and glorify Him. His claim for the mission should move us to our calling in the mission.

Reflection Time:

  • Read Psalm 2. Reflect on what this says about Jesus as King and how it should affect our daily lives.
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