Andrew Martin sent this to me as an attachment to a mass-mailed E-mail.
JESUS SAID, "GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES."
Matthew 28:16-20; Key verse: 19
February 5, 2006
"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."
Hello! Welcome to NKU CBF, our first worship service and Bible study. My prayer is that we will meet Jesus as a friend and the savior for our sins. Let's pray: Our Father, We praise you for your holiness. We thank you for Jesus your Son, to whom you have given all authority and rule over all the world. Please help us to listen to Jesus' words today and obey him. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
This Bible passage is short, yet it tells us "why" we are in this Bible study, in this state, in our own Bible center house church. If you want to know "why" we started this Bible center, listen to Jesus' words today.
Chapter One, the disciples worshiped Jesus, yet some doubted. Jesus had just been crucified on the cross and then he was resurrected to life again by God the Father. Before he was crucified, Jesus had told his disciples to meet him here at the mountain in Galilee. Let's look at verses 16-17: "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted." Jesus is God the Son, so the disciples worshiped Jesus as their God, their King of Heaven and Earth. But because Jesus had been arrested by the Jews and put in court and beaten by Romans and crucified by Roman soldiers, some of the disciples were confused and were not sure that Jesus was God the Son. Yet, all came to meet Jesus at the mountain in Galilee. Even when we don't really believe completely that Jesus is our God and King, still we cannot resist to meet him because he has godly power. We know in our deepest of hearts that Jesus is our God and King, even when it does not make sense. May God help us to meet and worship Jesus.
Chapter Two, Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Let's look at what Jesus says, verse 18: "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.'" Let me ask you: Is God the God and King of Heaven and Earth? Yes, he is. Even if we don't want to do what he wants, we know that he is God and King. Well, Jesus is also God, God the Son, and the apostle Paul wrote this, "In his very nature he was God, but he did not think that being equal with God was something he should hold on to. Instead, he made himself nothing. He took on the very nature of a servant. He was made in human form. He appeared as a man. He came down to the lowest level. He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death." (Philippians 2:6-8a) Jesus is God the Son, of the three persons of the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Jesus is God and King of Heaven and Earth, and he decided to come here in human form to be with us and make salvation for our sins. He gave up all authority but God the Father gave him all authority in heaven and on earth, so he could beat sin and death and rule over all of Creation. Authority is ruling over whom you have authority over. Jesus had authority over all of Creation. Jesus is God and King. May our Father God help us to meet this very Jesus as our friend and savior and accept his authority over our lives.
Chapter Three, therefore go and make disciples. Let's read Jesus' command, verses 19-20a: Ready? Go!: "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." Why are we here in our own Bible center house church? Because Jesus has been given authority over heaven and earth, he commands his disciples to go to other people and make disciples. That means to tell people about Jesus the God and King and how he saved us from our sins. And we must go to all people of all kinds, including Kentucky people. When you make a friend, you can tell them about Jesus their God and King and how he saved them from their sins. The next part, "baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," this means that they must become one with God and become a member of the family of God. Kids, when you were born, you became a member of this family, you became one with this family. Baptism is like becoming a new person, being one in God and becoming one with the family of God. The next part, "teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." As new people in Jesus, now we need to learn to obey Jesus' command and tell our friends and NKU college students about Jesus.
Final Chapter, Jesus' promise. Let's read Jesus' promise as he went to heaven, verse 20b: Ready? Go!: "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Jesus is one with his disciples, and so he is with us always and to the end. May God help us to meet this beautiful, loving Jesus and obey his command.
Let's pray. Father God, we praise you for your holiness and Kingship over us. Please help us to meet Jesus personally and tell our friends and NKU students about Jesus. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.