Completing the great commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple.

We can see through Jesus’ example that we must be devoted disciples in order to complete the great commission. He started off with a few men and gathered more as He went along, through selection, association, consecration, impartation, demonstration, delegation, and supervision He was able to reproduce disciples who could do the same. He eventually sent out the 12 disciples in Luke 9:1, and then the 70 in Luke 10:1.

Jesus was preparing them for His departure. They went out to preach the Kingdom of God with all power and authority while knowing they would return to Jesus to give a report i.e. Luke 10:17, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us through Your name” (Luke 10:17 MKJV).

After Christ’s resurrection He told them, “And He said to them, So it is written, and so it behoved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be proclaimed in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of My father on you. But you sit in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high. And He led them out as far as Bethany. And lifting up His hands, He blessed them” (Luke 24:46-50 MKJV). And in Acts 1:8 He said, But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 MKJV).

These men were devoted to Jesus even unto death as the historians or tradition have been passed down each man being martyred except the Apostle John who still suffered for his belief and proclamation of Jesus, yet died of old age.

The Great Commission after almost 2000 years has not been fully completed so it is going to take every fully devoted disciple to do so.

In Christ,

Greg

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