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Jesus -- the Guru #48

The Master as Lord


Read Matthew 28:16-20.



16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”



Notes:


v. 17 – Note that Jesus’ resurrection was so unexpected and astounding that even some of His own disciples had a hard time believing it. Jesus understands that His Presence is beyond our human comprehension. Our doubts, hesitations, and weaknesses don’t drive Him away from us. He still comes and calls us and promises to be with us. (v. 20) Jesus still accepts you as His disciple. Jesus is different from other spiritual masters. He is love.


Do you have some uncertainties and hesitations about Jesus in your life? What does your Master Jesus say to you in your doubts?


Jesus is the God of forgiveness and patience and encouragement. You don’t have to be perfect to be Jesus’ disciple. His first disciples weren’t perfect, and He still called and accepted them. What does Jesus’ attitude mean to you as His disciple?


vv. 18-20 – This passage is called “The Great Commission.” All through the centuries Jesus’ disciples have accepted these verses as their personal call and promise.


v. 18 – Matthew doesn’t record Jesus’ ascension to heaven, but he alludes to it in


v. 18. Other passages in the New Testament speak about Jesus’ reign over all history now, His eventual return at the end of history, and His judgment of all


This is why we can call Jesus not only Master but Lord.


For His disciples, Jesus’ authority over all history is a great source of comfort and strength. Why?


Do you feel that comfort and strength for your discipleship today?


v. 19 – Jesus calls His disciples to make more disciples.     He wants His religion of love to fill all the earth. He wants to be Lord of all. Jesus wants the religion of rules to be opposed and replaced. He wants all people, including the suffering and the outsiders and women and sinners, in God’s rule of love and dignity and support. For that to happen on earth, Jesus needs disciples who will go courageously and obediently.


How do you respond to that call?


Jesus sends His disciples to make disciples of “all nations.” The word in Greek (“ethnos”) literally means “ethnic groups.” Can you think of ethnic groups around you that need to hear of God’s religion of love? Might you be willing and able to teach and make disciples there? Can I help you in any way to do that?


Yesudas


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