1.31 Synoptics -- The Great Commission

Mat 28:18-20Mk 16:15-16Lk 24:45-48. The Great Commission was the formal inauguration of the New World Order:

        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" (Mat 28:18-20).

        Mark adds,

        "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned" (Mk 16:16).

        And Luke:

        "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" (Lk 24:46-47).

        

This is the beginning of a new work of God, to include all men on equal footing. There is equality of obedience (believe and be baptized), there is equality of membership (baptism in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), there is priority only in logistics (start from Jerusalem). This work of God is replaces His prior exclusive concern with the nation of Israel. Jesus is now no longer just "King of the Jews," the title he bore only a few days prior, but he has now received "all authority in Heaven and on earth." Under the first title, he challenged the pretensions of local rulers like Pilate or Herod, but he now surpasses Caesar himself, who claimed to be a divine emperor. This is the launching point of the Gospel of universal salvation, not that all will be saved, but that all men must be reached by the Message and can be covered by the Blood and the Name. Those who respond in faith are united in a new community that supersedes their natural and cultural origins. The authority of Jesus to remit sin and to save for eternity extends across all borders, walls, castes, divisions, and against all ideologies, powers and authorities. No one is excluded, no one is exempted – least of all the Jews, with whom it all started.