The_Greatness_of_the_Great_Commission - CHAPTER ONE THE...

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CHAPTER ONE 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. “Peace be 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 really physical. “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” (John 20:21) 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 Commission. 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 command ; they were to go just as He had gone. 1
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The Second Communication of the Great Commission And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’” (Mark 16:15). A week later the disciples were again in the upper room (John 20:26) but this time there were eleven disciples (Mark 16:14), whereas only ten disciples were there the first time (Judas was dead and Thomas was hiding). We know the meeting described in Mark is Jesus’ next physical appearance to them. Thomas the Doubter was not there the first time, but is now with them (John 20:24-28). Even though the disciples saw Him seven days earlier, and even though He is talking with them now, they still have trouble with unbelief (Mark 16:14), “They did not believe.” That’s a picture of many people today, they know they are saved, and they have been converted, but they still struggle with unbelief. Like the disciples they love the Lord and obey Him, but they have a little nagging doubt of “unbelief.” In the second encounter with the disciples, Jesus added the Great Commission. He added the purpose for their going, and where they should go. “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). The disciples may have some misconceptions because of what Christ didn’t say.
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