The Great Commission in 5 parts - part 1

John 20:19-21

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,[a] Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

I know when people say they are part of a “Great Commission” church our minds automatically go to Matthew 28:19-20. We think about making disciples and baptizing people in the name of “The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit”. However, there is more to the Great Commission than this verse. There are several other passages that give us Christ’s commissioning to take on His mission.

First, let us take some time to work through the word commission.

com·mis·sion n.
a. The act of granting certain powers or the authority to carry out a particular task or duty.
b. The authority so granted.
c. The matter or task so authorized: Investigation of fraud was their commission.
d. A document conferring such authorization.
a. A group of people officially authorized to perform certain duties or functions:
 The Federal Trade Commission investigates false advertising.
b. often Commission A ruling council within the Mafia that adjudicates family disputes and
regulates family activities.
3. The act of committing or perpetrating: the commission of a crime.
4. A fee or percentage allowed to a sales representative or an agent for services rendered.
a. An official document issued by a government, conferring on the recipient the rank of a
commissioned officer in the armed forces.
b. The rank and powers so conferred.

Now it is safe to say that Christ was not giving us #4, which means payment, but there is a truth in seeing the Great Commission as numbers 1, 2 and 3. Christ by giving us these mission orders granted us the power of His Holy Spirit to finish seeing people saved by His cross, death, burial and resurrection. The church (Christ followers) has been authorized to carry His message to the World and has called us to the act of sharing the Gospel (not a crime). We as Christ followers have been commissioned to carry the Gospel to the world. What we will look at in these 5 blogs is each aspect of carrying the Gospel to the world.

In John 20:19-21, we see that the disciples were hiding in a locked room for fear of what had just transpired. They had just found out that the body of Christ was missing and that they were being blamed for it. Although Jesus appears to several women that morning, the disciples still do not believe that Christ had risen. They had discounted the testimony of Mary Magdalene with Peter and John still not understanding that Christ had risen. They were in fear for their lives, the same fear that caused many of them to scatter when Christ was willing taken captive three night before. They ran then and now hide.
When Christ enters the room (wouldn’t that be a scary thing to see someone enter through a locked door), He tries to calm them by calling their attention to peace. He is the only one that can calm our emotions when they are out of control and we see Him do this for the disciples. What started the night as peace turns into rejoicing. They touch look upon Him with amazement and awe as He reveals His scared hands and pulls up His clock to reveal the piercing that once opened His side to blood and water flowing out. They rejoice as they realize that Jesus is really alive and is before them.
Jesus knowing their fear and also seeing their disobedience (Matthew 26:32, 28:10 Jesus had commanded them to meet Him in Galilee after His resurrection and they still were hiding in Jerusalem) gives them the first aspect of the Great Commission:

“as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you”

Sending them where and who to? What are they suppose to say and how are they to speak to people they don’t know? I am astounded that all Christ tells them is that He is sending them and then gives them no details at this first remeeting. However, this is where we as the church and individuals forget our commissioning starts. We are being sent. Christ is sending us because He is our leader and Lord. He loves the world so much that He would be sent to us and then sends us to it.

Think about this, we don’t need details; we need to say yes to the journey and then allow Christ to fill in the details. Too many times I want details of where, when, who, how, but Christ is asking us to say YES to this journey. Before we get equipped for the journey, we need to say yes. Any military personnel will tell you they had to sign the contract first and then the military began to train them for the mission that the military thought they would fit best into. This is the same for all of us, we need to sign on the dotted line first and then the Lord will equip and guide us to His mission on how we as individuals and churches will complete His mission. It’s His mission, not ours. We are just the messengers to complete His mission.

            So we are being sent. In a few days we will look at what He is sending us to do and whom He is sending us to. Mark 16:15 is our aim n


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