The Great Commission, A Great Relationship
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
I think it's pretty straightforward what this verse is about. Commonly referred to as the ‘Great Commission’, the apostles and us by extension are told to go out not just amongst those we are comfortable with, but to all nations.
We see here that God is not to be limited by our imagination. In the times of Christ, it was unfathomable that God would allow His spiritual Kingdom to be spread beyond Israel. After all, for millennia Israel had been God's chosen people. But Israel was disobedient again and again; and God has plans that are bigger than Israel.
It was almost as if God was saying to his children: go find other children and bring them to me that I may adopt them. It's a weird and uncomfortable request; but Christianity is ‘weird’ and uncomfortable to begin with.
Note also here the mention of the Trinity. God exists in the triune; and it is by this Trinitarian idea of God that we continue to pursue Him - A relational God and a God who understands relationship. Jesus tells us that we need to baptise (that is immerse) others in the name (read: reputation and character) of the Trinity.
It is an induction into a relationship with God beyond all else. That is why when it came down to rules, the need for non-Jews to abide by the old traditions and laws were abolished. Instead, after a long bout of discussion the conclusion was not to partake in the food sacrificed to idols (because of what that represented), from blood (because people used to imbibe blood for ritualistic healing and other things), from the meat of strangled animals (because God is also for the animals) and from sexual immorality (I don't think I really need to explain this one).
Everything revolves around Love... love the Lord your God with all your heart, strength and mind, and love each other as I have loved you.
Those reading this today, we are here because of this Great Commission. If not, we would not have gotten to know God. And despite all the atrocities that happened after Emperor Constantine ‘took over’ Christianity and remade it in his own image, we are here today with all that is needed to do what's right.
Our job: Spread the Word, tell people about it. If they don't want to listen, that's fine and not on us. But we must never stop sharing so that we continue the purpose that Christ set for his infant church.
Daniel is currently and forevermore will be a student and a learner, trying to delve into the deep conundrums of life and seeing where the path leads. He enjoys linking different things in life back to God through strange and seemingly random connections.