Matthew 28:18-20 are favorite bible memory verses, but how many know the story behind the verses?
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”.
Matthew, also called Levi, had been a hated Jewish tax collector until He met Jesus and his world was turned upside down. From then on Matthew became a devoted disciple of Jesus.
Matthew wrote to convince the Jews that Jesus was in fact the promised Messiah they had been waiting for.
At the end of this book, Matthews recounts the story of Jesus’ death, burial and triumphant resurrection. Matthew 28:18-20 are the Jesus’ last words that Matthew records. They are Jesus’ final charge to the disciples.
Jesus’ resurrection proves all authority had been given to Him not only in heaven, but on earth as well. His disciples are to go and make disciples by sharing about Jesus. As people believe in Jesus, the disciples were to teach them to live obediently to His commands in keeping with their new lives.
Jesus reminded them that no matter what happens, He will always be with them.
Now you know the story behind Matthew 28:18-20
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