A Historical Account of the Unfolding of the Great Commission Through the Book of Acts
Unit 2: Issue 1 – Project 1
The Giving of the Great Commission
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." Matthew 28:18-20
The Great Commission in essence is derived from what Jesus had spoken to His disciples after He had been crucified and rose from the dead. But it is also more than just words spoken to His disciples. It is a directive from God for all of His people to carry out. It is, in fact, a commandment for every Christian to carry out. I would even go so far as to say that whereas Jesus indicated the greatest commandment in the old testament scriptures to be “love the Lord your God”, He intended for this great commission to be a part of the following subsidiary (but equally as important) after that being “love your neighbor as yourself”. At the end of the gospel of John, Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. After Peter said that he, of course, did in fact love the Lord, Jesus responded those three times with “Feed my lambs; tend my sheep; feed my sheep…follow me”. From this we can know that to love God and follow Him is to love His people. All of this to say: The Great Commission was for the Apostles, yes, but it was for all of those who followed after them as well. Our great commission is to follow Jesus’ lead in establishing leaders who became the pillars and builders of the church we know today; taking joy in loving, teaching, and encouraging everyone in the faith that will listen.
After fully establishing the twelve disciples of Christ, the very first thing that was recorded to have happened with the church in Jerusalem was the day of...