THE GREATNESS OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Ministry
On the day of resurrection, Jesus appeared to several individuals, i.e., Mary Magdalene in
the Garden, Peter, at an unknown location, the couple on the road to Emmaus, but His most
significant appearance was in the Upper Room to ten disciples.
The doors were barred and the
windows were shut, then suddenly, without warning, Jesus appeared in their midst.
with you,” (John 20:19) was the first thing He said to them.
Obviously, the disciples were
excited, but they were also curious.
They wanted to know about His wounds, and if He were
“Then Jesus ‘showed him His hands and side, then the disciples were glad when
they saw the Lord’” (John 20:20).
Later “they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an
honeycomb, and he took it, and did eat before them” (Luke 24:42, 43).
There were probably many things the disciples wanted to talk about, and in God’s
perspective, there many things they needed to know.
But the primary reason Jesus met them in
the upper room was to give them the Great Commission.
The First Communication of the Great Commission
“As the Father has sent me, I also send you”
In the Great Commission Jesus gave them His authority, just as He received authority
from the Father.
But notice what Jesus left out the first time he gave them the Great
Jesus did not tell them where to go, what to do, what to preach, or what
accomplishments they would have.
The first time Jesus just gave them a
; they were to
go just as He had gone.