Prepare for the Lord

January 22, 2020

When you go on a road trip, you have to make preparation in order to have a successful trip. These preparations include: what clothes need to be packed, the time to leave, and what you will do when you get there. This example can help us think about how we can help prepare the way for the Lord. 

 

In Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

On the basis of this, God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptized, and taught. Yes, Jesus was telling this to the disciples but The Great Commission was not just for the immediate disciples that He was speaking to but it is given to all believers.  Jesus still commands us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples, building the kingdom.

 

Today, the Great Commission is still being fulfilled by international missionary work, by local churches in actively seeking the lost in their community, in outreach activities and by believers witnessing for Jesus Christ to their next-door neighbor.

 

When Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world, was this an imperative command?  Yes, it is the same type of command that a parent would yell to a child in the street: “Get out of the street right now!”  in order to save life.

 

We cannot take the Great Commission as optional but as a direct command given by the Lord Jesus Christ.  If He is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. 

  • A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

 

  •  Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me. Isaiah 6:8 

 

  • Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you. John 20:21

 

Are you ashamed of being embarrassed by sharing the good news?  Here is a serious warning from Jesus Christ about that.  He says that “everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.“ (Matthew 10:32-33)  He repeats this warning in Mark 8:38 that “the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels“ and “whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God” (Luke 12:9) and there is no doubt that “If we disown him, he will also disown us“ (2 Timothy 2:12b).  That should be a wakeup call for all of us because many profess Christ to other Christians but not to the lost. Jesus gave us encouragement in The Great Commission that we are not alone, that he will help us, teach us, lead us, and guide us; …And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In Jesus’ Name!

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