Jesus' Great Assignment: Five Records

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After Jesus lived, died, and rose again, he gave instructions to his apostles and to us. This is his assignment to his church. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the book of Acts each have a record of it in various forms.

This is Matthew's record. It is found in Matthew 28:18-20. 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, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age."

This is Mark's record. It is found in Mark16:15. Jesus said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."

This is Luke's record. It is found in Luke 24:46,47. He (Jesus) told them (the disciples), "This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day. and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."

This is John's record. It is found in John 20:21. "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."

This is the record in the book of Acts. It is found in Acts 1:8. "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments." In his high priestly prayer in John 17, Jesus prayed three times that his followers would be one. Only together will we be able to finish the work. So I desire to connect and stay connected with all followers of Jesus who are working to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission, regardless of denominational name.

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