Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 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.”
Interesting how Jesus includes heaven in his declaration. It is a reminder to all of us of the divinity of Christ. Also precarious is the mention that some worshiped but some doubted. I just love the honesty in that statement. The writer, Matthew, wanted us to know that even some who saw Jesus after the resurrection doubted. The statement helps me to understand that believing in Jesus is not a matter of brainy logic but one of a humble heart of worship.
In the context of "all authority" Jesus commissions those present, and those to come, to go and make disciples. Much of his own mission was spent discipling. Now he says "do what I did".. reach out to the poor.. go to the harlots.. welcome tax collectors.. baptize them and watch their lives change as you share my teachings with them. And he tells them that they will not "go" alone.. the Holy Spirit will go with them giving them lessons to teach. Amazing.
With all of my heart I confess that Jesus is Lord. Give me words Lord as I go.