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We are Commanded

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Matthew 28:16-20

Matthew 28:16–20 NASB95
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Obedience to Christ 16

Have you ever been told something that you knew to do but did not because something traumatic happened before you did it? How about when Jesus has given you something to do? We all have been there and guess what? So did the Apostles who walked with Christ. In verse 16 it says that the eleven proceed to Galilee to the mountain Jesus designated. Guess what? They should have already been there! Matthew 26:32.
Matthew 26:32 NASB95
“But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”
Jesus does not lead us blindly, He has a plan and already knows what is going to happen in the next minute, day, month, year, or decade. Listen to the verse again. “BUT after I am raised up, I will GO before you to Galilee.” But, hey I know I am going to die BUT I will be raised up. How wonderful is that. Jesus tells us His plan we just do not listen to Him. I now know why my kids do not listen to me, they are imitating me.
He again gives the order for the eleven to go to Galilee. He tells Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to tell His disciples that Jesus is going ahead of them to Galilee. Matthew 28:7; 10
Matthew 28:7 NASB95
“Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
Matthew 28:10 NASB95
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

Worship in doubt 17

Here we have another prime example of doubtfulness. I do not know about you but if I saw Christ, I would not be worshiping in doubt. But we too do just as the disciples did. I want to ask you something. How can we truly worship if we doubt the One we are worshiping? The word “saw” is from the Greek word ‘eidon’ which means to become visible, or appear. They are not seeing a figment of their imagination, they can touch Jesus. Let they worship in doubt. When we worship in doubt we are essentially telling Christ that we do not truly believe or have faith. 2 Timothy 1:7
2 Timothy 1:7 NASB95
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Timidity means: cowardice, a state of fear because lack of courage or moral strength.
Doubt: waver, no strength to preserver.
Whenever a believer is worshiping in doubtfulness they are essentially saying they are fearful because of their lack of strength in Christ. Listen to James 1:6-8
James 1:6–8 NASB95
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
If we ask with doubt or fear we ought not to expect anything from God. If we worship with doubt we are like a person who is tossed by the wind and see being unstable in our ways. We do not have the POWER that is given to those who are not doubtful.

Jesus’ authority transcends all other authority 18

How many people who have authority and power think they are the absolute authority? How many of us have had authority and abused it? We probably all have done it in some way. But, there is One who has the true absolute authority, Jesus. No matter what authority we have we still have to answer to HIm. Those who do not believe they will or that they have all authority will stand in front of the True Authority. Jesus does not have only earthly authority, He has heavenly authority. That means everything and everyone are under Him. Most people hate this aspect of truth. Why? Because they lose the authority they thought they had. In reality how can you lose something that you truly never had to begin with?
Daniel 7:13-14
Daniel 7:13–14 NASB95
“I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.
In Daniel’s vision, he saw Jesus Christ and that He had already been given dominion over everything. Listen Satan tricked Adam and Eve to take the dominion they were given away from them. Jesus was given the dominion before He even came here to be crucified on the Cross. Listen to me Saints,
Satan no longer has dominion over you.
There is only One who has all authority and He has had it forever. Everyone of us fall under His authority. Those who are called by His name and those who will be judged by Him. It is time that we stand in the Power of God “Jesus Christ” and let the world and Satan know they have no authority. It is time that we take back every aspect of our lives, it is time that we look at the struggles, hardship, adversities, diseases, and suffering and say no longer. Those things do not have authority over your life, Christ does. Listen to Paul Ephesians 1:20-23
Ephesians 1:20–23 NASB95
which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Now that you see that all authority belongs to Christ and He is the Head of the Church His Bride can we stand up and praise Him? Can we leave out of here with boldness and confidence in proclaiming His word? Who can stop us? Romans 8:31
Romans 8:31 NASB95
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Making Disciples 19-20

I hear people all the time claim to be Christian but never once share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I really want to ask them, why do you call yourself a Christian but never obey this commandment? If all authority has been given to Christ and He calls us to obey His commandments, than why do we not? There is four things here that we are commanded to do.


It means to: travel, go out, to move a considerable distance, either with a single destination or from one destination to another in a series. To Journey!
I love to go on journeys. I have been to every state but Alaska, five providence of Canada and three Mexican states. The things you see and the people you experience is priceless but it means nothing if I am not on the journey with and for Christ. We are told to Go but too many of us sit still and never leave our safety zone. Remember the unfaithful steward who did not GO and increase what the Master gave to him? He disobeyed the “go” command and we do too if we do not Go. Be a Proclaimer!!!
Mark 16:15
Mark 16:15 NASB95
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Make disciples

Jesus did not say make disciples of people who we like, did He? He did not say go and make disciples in just Texas, did He? No. He said, all nations. Make disciples: is to constructed from, to cause people to become followers. How do we construct or make someone a disciple? We do not force our beliefs on them. We do not manipulate them into being a convert, the church already did that and we see the fruitless of that. So how do we cause someone to become a disciple? Here are three simple applications that can cause someone to become a disciple:
Love as Christ has loved us
Live as Christ lived, with Joy, Peace, and Confidence
Believe that the Power of God is in us.

Baptizing them

Once they become a disciple they are to be baptized. It is the proclamation of a believer becoming a disciple of Christ. This is not required for salvation but we are commanded to fulfill it. We are to baptize them in God, Son, and Holy Spirit. Listen to Peter and Paul… Acts 2:38, 8:16; Romans 6:3
Acts 2:38 NASB95
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:16 NASB95
For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Romans 6:3 NASB95
Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
Anyone who does not Baptize in the entire Trinity is being disobedient to the command of Christ Jesus. Listen to Luke’s description of the Holy Spirit not falling on some new converts. Why? They only had been baptized in the name of Jesus not in the Father, and Holy Spirit too.

Teaching them all that He commanded

The last step in fulfilling the Great Commission is to teach them. It is not enough to Go, make Disciples, and Baptizing them we are commanded to teach them. How do we make disciples, by relationships. Paul took Timothy and Titus under his wing. Jesus taught the Twelve through the relationship He had with them. I imagine that you can remember the person or persons who walked with you and still is walking with you. The difference of a convert and a disciple is this, teaching them. If I showed my children how to ride a bike but never took them out and taught them, they would never be able to ride and eventually would walk away from it. This is one of the reason we see so many converts no longer in the church. Why we see so many of our youth walk away from the faith once they graduate. Why we see the church struggle in standing up against sin in the world today! Do not be afraid, Jesus is always with you.

Jesus is always with you, forever

Remember the Power of God is in each of us. You need to grasp that, put it somewhere you can see it everyday. There is no hope in this world but in Jesus Christ and we are to be that beacon of hope for the world. This is done by living out the Great Commission in our lives. Showing the Power of the Holy Spirit in us to a world that is looking for truth. Truth that only comes from God. Truth that has the power to set people free. Truth that brings joy and peace. Truth that saves us from eternal misery. How are you going to live? Obedient or disobedient to the command of Christ?
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