Reading: Matthew 28: 16-20
Verse 19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus came and stood among the believers one last time. In that crowd were people with a range of faith. Some were fully sold out and were ready to go and do anything Jesus said to do. Some were simply full of doubt – was this really Jesus? Does He really expect me to do this? The bulk of those there that day in Galilee as followers of Jesus Christ probably fell somewhere between these two extremes. And in reality, that is where most of us live out our faith lives each day.
It is important to note that Jesus did not talk to the group of believers and then call aside the few that were on fire to give the commission to. He did not pull aside Peter, James, and John and give them special instructions or powers. This same inclusiveness is seen on Pentecost when the Spirit falls on ALL believers. So Jesus said to the whole crowd, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”. He said it to the doubters and skeptics and those new to the faith as well as to those who would give their lives for the gospel. Jesus was building up a community of faith, not a group of church leaders. Jesus knew that the people would be won to Christ one heart at a time. Therefore, it will require all of the believers to bring the good news to all nations.
That day in Galilee, there were certainly some names we know present. But there were dozens and dozens there whose names we will never know. All there that day were commissioned. Why? Because all who were there knew the love of Jesus and that is all one needs to share Jesus with others. That is why the commission falls to us as well. All who know the love of Christ in their hearts are called to go and make disciples so that all nations can be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This day and every day, may each of us seize the opportunities we have to share the good news of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.