The Great Commission

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 28:16-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (v. 19)

In 1988 an old and venerable tradition was quietly and unceremoniously dropped by the U.S. House of Representatives. For more than a century, through war, storm, and scandal, George Washington’s Farewell Address was read aloud to the Congress annually on the occasion of his birthday. But congressional leaders decided that it was pointless to continue to read aloud the Farewell Address to a mostly empty chamber. Nobody ever came to listen.

Could something similar be happening today in the church? Fewer and fewer believers seem to be listening to Christ’s farewell address: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Christ himself has given us our marching orders: “Go!” If a physician discovered the cure for cancer, would he not proclaim it? Christians have the cure for spiritual cancer; how dare we not share it with the world?

Matthew’s Gospel begins with the Magi calling Jesus “the King of the Jews.” But at the end of the Gospel the risen Jesus is King of the world, the entire universe: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” The world needs to know this King. And ours is the task of telling.


Lord, may we be a light to the nations so your salvation may reach the ends of the earth.