What is the Great Commission that Jesus announced?  Is it for everyone?

Christians often refer to a passage at the end of the Gospel of Matthew as the Great Commission. After the death and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem, he met with them back in the region of Galilee which had been home for the disciples.

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 am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

Matthew 28:18-20

All believers in Christ are called to be disciples of Jesus and therefore are included in his call to fulfill the Great Commission as they are going in life. Disciples are learners and followers of their teacher. A faithful disciple shows his or her love for the teacher by obeying and doing what is asked.  That commitment takes on a myriad of opportunities in service to Christ and in sharing what Jesus has done for us to others. Jesus said, “if you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) And yes, the Great Commission is for everyone who claims Jesus as Lord and Savior. Again, all Christians are to be the bearers of the “Good News” that Jesus alone saves!