When I get ready to write a new post for my blog (like I am doing right now) I get this thought in my head, “Have I already said this before?” Sometimes I question what I should put on here and think to myself, “Is this really what God wants me to put on here?”
So the title, repetitious, was Jesus repetitious? Let’s look at Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Now most every church goer knows about the Great Comission, which is what the verses are above. But the life of a true Follower of Christ can be summed up by these verses. If the Great Comisson doesn’t ring in your life, I would strongly question your life and your walk with Christ. Let’s pull this verse apart a little bit.
1) “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.” – So what Jesus is saying plain and simple, God the Father has given Him supreme authority. He is the true King of kings, Jesus doesn’t make mistakes, so what He says goes.
2) “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” – So if Jesus doesn’t make mistakes, and He commands us to go, for a Follower of Christ, we are either obedient or disobedient. But right here He commands us to make disciples (how? by sharing the love of Jesus Christ, by being a witness for Him) and He commands us to baptize them (so once they accept Him as their Savior, that is when baptism takes place).
3) “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” – I definitely believe that Jesus would never expect us, as Followers of Christ, to do anything that He hasn’t done or wouldn’t do. But He commands us to go out and teach the new disciples all the commands, not some, but all the commands that He has given us. That means what Jesus has done, He expects us to do, and finally He expects us to teach the new disciples.
So back to the question, was Jesus repetitious, I would say so. Now of course every situation, every individual is going to be different, but the idea, the message is going to be the same every time. Don’t try and change the message, the perfect message, that God has given us.
So this post sprung up in my mind from something that happened today. So I was at work as usual, and a gentleman came and checked out or sprinkler system and the pipes and the valves and all that good stuff. So I was walking the store with him for probably about 20 – 30 minutes. So I got a conviction in my heart on in my mind, based on a comment he made, that I need to talk about Christ and church and what He has done for me…I didn’t pass the test. The entire time I was with the guy I didn’t say much of anything that I felt I needed to. I prayed for the guy, but I don’t believe that is enough.
What stops you or keeps you from going all the way? I was scared, I didn’t know how to start the conversation and I let that keep me from doing what I needed to do. In my mind, I want this “relationship” with someone before I can talk about Christ, but guess what, I may never see that guy again in my entire life, so then where am I at? Let that sink in, it absolutely kills me to think, that I may have been that guys only ticket to a relationship with God and an eternity in heaven…but I didn’t say anything…he may die and spend eternity in hell because of me.
Jesus was repetitious, but Jesus saves souls doing what He knows we need. All we are called to do is what He has commanded us to do…go and make disciples…share the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.