In our Bible passage yesterday, Jesus pronounced his final benediction on his disciples. We’re at the end of Matthew, into the 28th chapter. Among his last words are, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Hole Spirit.” At the end, Jesus begins again…that is, we begin. “Go,” said Jesus. Git. Get out of here. Skedaddle! Some have called Jesus’ command the Great Commission. Others refer to it as muscular Christianity or aerobic Christianity. It is faith in action. Go!!
Jesus is sending us out into the public. And he promises us that we won’t be alone. “I am with you always until the end of the world.” It is comforting to us to know that as we go, in his name, Jesus goes with us. Which part of this blessing do you note the most? Who doesn’t love the promise that Jesus is with us? What about the “go” message? Jesus is on the move. We can’t follow him without moving, too. We can’t be with him if we don’t go with him.
When we baptize someone, we welcome that person into our midst. We also commission that person to “tell the story of Jesus and his love.” We come to church in order to be sent out into the world. It’s a 2-way street, the Christian life. The question we all need to answer is whether we will be busy with Jesus. Will we go where he goes? What is the “go” in your life right now? I wonder what Jesus has been whispering in your ear lately. I wonder what he is asking of you lately. Hmmm…what direction do you think he is pointing you to head to these days?