Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Last Will and Testament
by Erik Momsen
Many people leave final instructions in their wills. For most it is little more than a "who gets what" so the family do not harm each other bodily and emotionally. Important people however often have important things to say concerning how the family fortune must be administered and how and who will run the business after the deceased is no longer able.
Jesus spent about three years with his board wherein he instilled the values and heart he wanted to perpetuate in his Kingdom. Since he is rather important, he had some rather important things to say to his disciples just before he left.
THE GREAT COMMISSION
The last instructions of Jesus, and perhaps the most important, are called "The Great Commission". Some might think it is a spiritual kickback we get when we lead someone to Christ. Others might have no clue.
The Great Commission is a job to be done, and the authority to do it. It is also a commandment and not, as some think, The Great Suggestion.
Before we look at the Great Commission of Matthew 28, let us see how the other Gospels end.
John ends with the reinstatement of Peter. The words "feed my sheep" establish Peter as the pastor of the newly formed church.
Luke - "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead ... and repentance and forgiveness of sin will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witness of these things."
Mark 16:15 - "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, ... And these signs will accompany those who believe: ..."
Matthew 28 - "When they saw him they worshipped him but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded. and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
- "They worshipped him but some doubted" - worshipers & doubters together. The same is always true. Who will influence who?
- "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" = "I’m the boss now, of Heaven & Earth - my Father gave it to me."
- "Therefore go" = "because I’m the boss, I say go."
- "Make disciples" = "let them follow and learn" - and they caught what they taught.
- "Of all nations" - the church is always a multinational / the only true U.N.
- "Baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit."
- Baptism = repentance of sin + infilling of Holy Spirit.
- Baptism must give the Heart of the Father / friendship of Son / Power of Spirit.
- "Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded."
- Change of behaviour comes after belief and baptism.
- We want new believers to behave like saints from day one.
- Cleaning of the fish takes a long time.
- "I am with you always, to the very end of the age" = 'Just remember this is my church, I am the power behind the scenes.'
- "I will tell you what to say."
COMMISSIONED TO CARE
When Jesus told the story of the shepherd and the 100th lost sheep he didn't say; "Win some, lose some". He had a heart to see all saved.
What stops us? -
a) I’m not as good as others;
b) I’m not that type;
c) I fear people’s response;
d) the biggest reason -WE JUST DON’T CARE.
C.H. Spurgeon: "Winners of souls must first be weepers of souls."
- All are sinners doomed to die - Romans 3:9-24
- God’s heart for all sinners - Romans 5:8 / 11:28-32
- The Father holds back the END due to His heart for the lost: "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief." (2 Peter 3:9 cf. Romans 2:4, 9:22)
Date Added: 2009-10-21
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