In our post-Easter passages, today we look at Jesus very last words to us in Matthew 28: 16-20. They are His words that truly shape the direction of the church in all the age that is to come. Listen to what He says:
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus tells the disciples to go. Go into all the world, making disciples. Go. Teaching them to obey everything that He has commanded. Go. With all authority on heaven and on earth.
To me, that’s just such a powerful notion. To go. To go and take the Good News of Jesus Christ, to all the world. To go everywhere, sharing, loving, caring, calling, being His hands and feet.
And look as well what it is we are called to do when we get to where we are are going. We are called to teach. To teach others about Jesus. To teach others to obey His command to love, to serve, to glorify His Father.
We are living in a world where the fastest growing religious group are the “nones.” These are the individuals that are not part of any organized religious group. Some have been raised in church, some have never darkened the doors. But they are not part of any group now.
And Jesus calls us to the “nones.” He calls us to those that do profess faith. He calls us to our backyard, He calls us to our hometown, our home state, our nation, and His world, to go, everywhere, taking the Good News.
He calls us to people we like and people we don’t like. He calls us to everywhere. To go.
So, today, where is He calling you? It may be across the street. It may be across the world. I don’t know where. But He’s calling us all to go, make disciples, and change the world.
Today, may we go.