Sunday, August 14, 2016

An Interview with Jesus

Introduction:

What if Fox News, CNN or another news agency interviewed Jesus, what would be contained in that interview. Would the reporter ask about the many miracles that Jesus performed, maybe? Would the reporter ask about raising Lazarus from the dead, perhaps? What if he asked about prayer and the reason it was so vital to Jesus since he was God in the flesh?

What about the Garden of Gethsemane and the sweat drops of blood? The reporter may wish to know about that, although, what if the reporter asked this one last question, “what is the most vital bit of information that you wish the world to know about you?” What would Jesus say?

We all would have our own ideas, but the Biblical evidence suggests that Jesus would talk at length about the Great Commission since it is mentioned in Matthew, Mark, taught in Luke-Acts and Romans plus the entire New Testament. So, let us look at the Great Commission this morning from the point of view that it was important Jesus.

 

Outline: Why was the Great Commission so vital to Jesus?

 

  1. The Great Commission displayed a total inclusiveness to mankind.

Matthew 28:16-19a

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.

 

  1. The Great Commission immersed the world back to the original design of God.

Matthew 28:19b

19b, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. The Great Commission brought change into every culture and environment.

Matthew 28:20

20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Conclusion: Why was the Great Commission so vital to Jesus?

 

  1. The Great Commission displayed a total inclusiveness to mankind.
  1. The Great Commission immersed the world back to the original design of God.
  1. The Great Commission brought change into every culture and environment.