What is the great commission? The answer to that question might depend upon who you ask. If you were to ask a salesman, it might be the check from his largest sale. If you were to ask member of the military, it might mean being promoted to General of the Armies. If you were to ask an artist, it might be Pope Julius II commissioning Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
But if you were to ask a Christian the response would probably be to go into all the world preaching the Gospel and making disciples. Who issued this Great Christian Commission? What were the parameters of this commission?
The Great Commissioning
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, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(ESV)
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.(ESV)
46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.(ESV)
21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”(ESV)
For a Christian, The Great Commission is Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples on what they should be doing after He left and until He returns again. Typically the account from the Gospel of Matthew is the most commonly quoted but all four Gospels have a record of Jesus appearing to the disciples after His resurrection and giving these instructions.