The Great Commission… Matthew 28

Hey guys!

Today is Easter Sunday my absolute favourite holiday ever! In the Pentecostal Christian faith we call this Sunday, “Resurrection Sunday” and on this Sunday I always like to re-read and meditate on Matthew 28( or the resurrection story) in some way or form.

On this Sunday, I was reminded of a song that I sang with the McMaster University Gospel Choir ( so many years ago… wow time flies!) under the direction of the uber talented Yhentyl Pryce. The song was a perfect and artistic representation of the events that took place leading up to, during and after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I loved it then and I love it even more now! Check out the lyrics/song down below:

Destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up [x3]

Early Sunday morning as the noon day was dawning,
Came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to the tomb.

Behold! There was a great earthquake! [x2]

For the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven
The angel of the Lord descended from Heaven [x3]

And rolled, rolled
And rolled,
Back the stone.

His countenance was like lightening and his raiment was as white as snow. [x3]

And for fear of Him the keepers did shake and became as dead men.

Fear not. [x3]
For I know ye seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here [x4]
For He has risen as he said.
Yeah!
See the place where the Lord lay.

Fear not. [x3]
For I know ye seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here [x4]
For He has risen as he said.
Yeah!
See the place where the Lord lay.

Remember how He said while He was yet in Galilee
I’ll rise, I’ll rise, Again [x4]
Alleluia [x3]
Amen [x6]

As you have probably figured out by the title of the song, you can find the written retelling of this story in the bible in Matthew 28! The part of this chapter that really stands out to me is the last few verses ( verses 18-20) where Jesus gives his disciples what is known as “The Great Commission”
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18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 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.”

What an order he bestowed upon his disciples! He left with them the responsibility of sharing Him with everyone, teaching them about his commandments, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I do believe that this Great Commission was not only for the disciples of yesteryear but for us today… right now! We have been commissioned by our Savior to win the lost at any cost!

Are we doing our part to uphold the Great Commission? Let’s take time this Resurrection Sunday to reflect and review. Even if we are sharing the gospel, there is still more we can do ! Let’s make sure that Christ is reflected in everything we do so that his trial, crucifixion, death and subsequent resurrection not be in vain!

Now, doing your active part in the Great Commission doesn’t mean you have to stand on a mountaintop and shout “Jesus is Lord” for all the nations to hear( not that anything is wrong with that!). You may be introverted ( or an introvert with extroverted tendencies like myself) and public speaking may not be your thing in big crowds ( although with faith you can conquer anything!)  But that doesn’t mean you can’t share the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively in your own way! Hey, I started a blog to share my faith! Find a way to fulfill your duties of the instructions Christ left us!

I hope and pray this Easter season fills you with a constant desire to share the Great Commission!

 

xoxo

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