verses 18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. “
The commission of Jesus to His disciples has always made me wonder a bit. In fact, I am sure I have written about this before: Was Jesus promising His presence only to the disciples? Are we all included? Today I read these words and see something I have missed. The words, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” In other words, “make more, new disciples.” These new disciples will obey and therefore teach everything Jesus had taught the original disciples. We are all disciples when we obey this commission. We are all part of the commission, will have the help of the Holy Spirit, and will be with Jesus in Paradise.
“Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.“ Amen