Jesus called his followers to be part of something much bigger than themselves, something it would take God himself to empower them to do. But in his call, Jesus did more than offer a suggestion his followers could choose to obey or not. Jesus is the Lord of glory who has been given all authority (Matthew 28:16-20). He has given his followers not a great suggestion, but a great commission. Every Gospel record and the Acts has a Great Commission passage:
- “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 everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:19–20).
- “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation’” (Mark 16:15).
- “And repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:47–48).
- “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you’” (John 20:21).
- “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
In other words, Jesus has unambiguously called us –– and actually, given us the honor –– to several things you see in these verses:
–To proclaim the good news of Jesus
–To do so as personal witnesses
–To do so in the power of the Spirit
–To do so as a SENT people
–To do so to all the world (notice terms like “nations,” “the whole world,” and “the ends of the earth”)
There is no lack of clarity in his call. Are we as clear in our obedience?