Matthew 28:18-20 (TPT)
18 Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All the authority of the universe has been given to me. 19 Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 20 And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.”
Jesus was crucified, buried and risen; he asks the disciples to meet him in Galilee. In Matthew 28, v19 (TPT) Jesus commands his disciples- “Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations”. He continues – “baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you” (including this command to “go!”).
This may seem like a hard ask for the first disciples – they were oppressed by the Romans and religious leaders; and perhaps for current day believers also — until we look at the words around this great commission to “go”. First, all authority is with Jesus and He says (TPT) “now go in MY authority”. Then Jesus says, “never forget that I am with you every day”, other translations say, “I am with you always”.
The first step in making disciples is introducing the person to a relationship with Jesus. In my experience when stepping out with a “go” opportunity, not everyone I talk to about Jesus jumps at the idea of getting to know Him personally, and I am OK with that. Jesus will be there with me, and Jesus will be there with the next Christian that talks to that same person on their journey.
In January we were on holiday at the beach. The lady beside us lost her car key. Her spare key was 150km away. We looked and looked in the sand but could not find it. After an hour she gave up and left, distraught, I said to her that I would pray that she gets the key and she said thanks. My next prayer was obvious – I prayed in tongues and then prayed: “Jesus, you know where the key is, please show me”. He did, I found the key, then found the distraught lady in the beach car park, reminded her that I said I would pray, gave her the key and said –“I am not sure if you believe in Jesus, but after what just happened you may want to consider doing an Alpha course to look into it a bit further”. I don’t know what the lady did next, or what Jesus did next on this lady’s journey.
Thank you Jesus for your assurance, if I see a “go” opportunity at the beach or anywhere or any time, may I remember Your words:- “I am with you always”.
Written by Andrew Wilson