After His resurrection and before He ascended up to heaven to be with the Father, Jesus commissioned His followers to preach the Gospel. We find this commission repeated often in the New Testament.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:15-16, NKJV.
The preaching of the Gospel can be simply defined as the proclamation of the good news that God so loved the world that he sent Christ to die for our sins and rise again. And that all who repent and believe in Him will be saved from the power and destruction of sin. (1Cor 15:1-4; 2Cor 5:18-21)
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20, NKJV.
By authority of the Almighty God, Jesus commissioned His Apostles to preach the gospel and make disciples of all men. And as Jesus gave this commission to His disciples, He expects His church (you and me) to do likewise. We are all called to proclaim the Gospel and disciple others.
God’s heart is to bring lost mankind to repentance and faith, to an eternal, loving relationship with God. (John 3:16-17; 2Peter 3:9; 1Tim 2:3-4)
What is your role in the great commission?
Don’t let Jesus’ great commission be your great omission.