vs. 18. Jesus told the eleven disciples that He had been given all authority in heaven and on earth.
vss. 19-20. He told them, because of this authority He had received, to go and make disciples of all nations. What does that involve? He told them to baptize the people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to teach them to obey everything that He had commanded the eleven disciples to do. They would not be doing this alone, though, for Jesus told them that He is always with them, until the end of the age!
That’s great for the eleven disciples Jesus was speaking to, but what about us? Look again. Jesus gave the eleven a command. Included in that command is the teaching of the nations to obey all the commandments Jesus gave to the eleven. That includes this command. Yes, we, too, are to go, baptize, and teach!
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for this command–the command that allows us to participate in the building of Your Kingdom! Help us, please, to each fulfill the part that You have for each of us in Your Kingdom-building plan. Amen.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. -John 3:16 (WEB)