F. Reaching Others for 18 And Jesus came and 2 He assured His followers
Christ, 28:16-20 spake unto them, saying, All of His power
(Mk.16:15-18; Lk.24: power is given unto me in a. Is a given power
46-49; Jn.20:21; cp. heaven and in earth. b. Is in heaven & earth
Jn.17:18; Acts 1:8) 19 Go ye therefore, and 3 He commissioned His
teach all nations, baptizing followers
them in the name of the Fa- a. To make disciples of
ther, and of the Son, and of all nations
1 The disciples met Jesus in 16 Then the eleven disciples the Holy Ghost: b. To baptize
Galilee went away into Galilee, into 20 Teaching them to ob- c. To teach all that He
a. They met on a pre- a mountain where Jesus had serve all things whatsoever I had commanded
appointed mountain appointed them. have commanded you: and, 4 He promised to be with
b. They worshipped Him 17 And when they saw Him, lo, I am with you alway, even His followers
they worshipped him: but unto the end of the world.
c. Some doubted some doubted. Amen.
BELIEVER’S LIFE & WALK: BASIC ESSENTIALS
F Reaching Others for Christ, 28:16-20
(28:16-20) Introduction: Matthew began his gospel by proclaiming that the baby Jesus was the Son of David, the promised
King of Israel (Mt.1:1-2). He now closes his gospel by proclaiming that the Lord Jesus possesses all power and authority in
heaven and earth. The Lord Jesus had risen from the dead, and in the power of His resurrection His followers are to go forth
proclaiming His glorious kingdom.
In this great passage, Matthew covers the great commission of the resurrected Lord, the King to whom all power and au-
1. The disciples met Jesus in Galilee (v.16-17).
2. He assured His followers of His power (v.18).
3. He commissioned His followers (v.19-20).
4. He promised to be with His followers—always (v.20).
16-17) Disciples: the disciples met Jesus in Galilee. Note several background facts.
1. Matthew says the eleven disciples met Christ. The eleven were the prominent ones, but apparently there were over
five hundred believers present, all seeing Him at once (1 Cor.15:6). The reference to “they” and “some doubted” (v.17)
seems to indicate that this was the great appearance to the mass of believers mentioned by Paul. Christ had already appeared
to the eleven on several occasions. They already knew the reality of His resurrection. It is unlikely that they were the ones
who were questioning at this time (Mk.16:12-14; Lk.24:13-48; Jn.20:19-25; 20:26-31; 21:1-25).
2. The disciples met the Lord in Galilee on a pre-appointed mountain (cp. Mt.26:32; 28:7, 10). The Lord had apparent-
ly instructed the apostles to pass the word along and to gather all His disciples to meet Him in a mass meeting in Galilee. A
particular mountain was designated as the meeting place. Note that Galilee was where the Lord had conducted most of His
ministry and where most of His disciples lived. It was also some distance from Jerusalem, a place somewhat safe from the
immediate enemies of Christ.
Thought 1. There are appointed places where we are to meet the Lord: in prayer, devotions, worship, and Bible
study. When we meet the Lord as He says, He meets us. We must meet the Lord as He instructs if we are to know
the reality of His resurrection.
3. This is significant. They worshipped Him, but some doubted. They just were not sure. Note what Jesus did: He
“came and spake to them” (v.18). Apparently, His coming and speaking to them erased their doubt and questioning.
Thought 1. When we meet Christ as He instructs, He meets us. When He meets us, all fear and doubt vanish. The
person who truly seeks after Christ, who truly seeks to meet Him, will have his doubts erased. Christ will come and
speak to him.
18) Power: Jesus assured His followers of His power.
1. Jesus’ power or authority is a given power. It is given by God, and it is given for one reason: to exalt Christ above
and over all.
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name” (Ph.2:8-9).
2. Jesus’ power is above and over all that is in heaven and in earth. His authority is over all the universe. His authority
includes at least three areas.
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