I want to sum up what we have already talked about in this three part teaching. First, we discussed what it means to fulfill the Great Commission laid out for us in Matthew 28:18-20. We concluded that making disciples consist of evangelizing all the nations and training them to live like Christ. Secondly, we explained that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth. This brings out three important truths in fulfilling the Great Commission. Truth #1 is that there are no such things as "closed doors" into other countries or people groups because he is the Lord of lords. Truth #2 is that Christ's plan to purchase His bride from every tribe, tongue, and nation is going to be accomplished no matter what any person tries to do to stop it. Truth #3 is that since Christ is the one with all authority that means we don't have to have all authority. As Christians we celebrate that Christ has all authority and that we don't! If we had all authority that would be a really bad thing and His plans would not be accomplished. Now we are transitioning to the final part of this series, "Christ is always with us!".
The last words that we see in this text of Jesus are at the end of verse 20, which states, "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." What a powerful truth that our Lord gives us here! He is always with us! Every second of everyday he never leaves and he will continue to do this throughout all of eternity! This simple yet profound truth should create in us a fervency and boldness to give our lives to the mission of God.
1. Who is "I"? He is Jesus Christ! Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation (Colossians 1:15). He is the radiance of the glory of God, the exact imprint of His nature, he upholds the universe by the word of his power. (Hebrews 1:3 ) By him and for him all things exist (Colossians 1:16). The King of kings and Lord of lords is with me, he cares for me, loves me, even gave up his life for me. I have nothing to fear in fulfilling the Great Commission if he is with me.