Jesus’ Final Instructions In 23 Words

By Aubrey Chapman

Recently, I have become more aware of the necessity of sharing the Good News. From September up until the first week of January, my pastor, Robert Jeffress, of First Dallas church spoke about the coming Day of the Lord in a series he titled, “Perfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today.” Through the series, I gained a greater understanding of the detailed events that will take place during Jesus’ return and what we, as believers, are instructed by God to do in preparation for that day.

On the third day after Jesus’ crucification, when He arose from the grave, Jesus met with the eleven disciples (Judas was no longer the twelfth disciple because he had hung himself) on a mountain in Galilee where He asserted what is known as The Great Commission:

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 28:19

In just twenty-three words, Jesus tells us our purpose on this temporary earth. The Lord could have chosen to take us immediately into His presence at our profession of faith, but instead, He has given us the mission to bring as many people as possible into right relations with Him so that they, too, can live in eternity with the Lord on the new earth.

The apostle Peter wrote,

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent. -2 Peter 3:9

God is waiting to send His son back to Earth so that we, as believers, have time to make many disciples of Christ.

I think Jesus best illustrates the importance of sharing the Gospel in His parable of the three servants in Matthew 25:14-30. Here’s a quick summary of the parable: The master allotted his money to three servants so they could invest it for him while he was gone on a trip. The servant given five bags of gold doubled them. The servant given two bags of gold also doubled them. The servant given one bag of gold dug a hole in the ground and hid it. When the master returned, he saw the fruitfulness of the first and second servants’ labor and told them both,

Well done my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, now I will give you many more responsibilities. -Matthew 25:21

To the third servant, who did nothing with the money given to him, the master became angry and said,

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. -Matthew 25:29-30

What a powerful statement! If we, the servants of our Master, Jesus Christ, are not multiplying what He has given to us (the gospel), we are unfaithful, useless and cause the Lord to weep! If we are not in active pursuit of bringing unbelievers to the Lord, we have no right entering the Kingdom of Heaven.

Only the Father knows how much time we have until Jesus appears in the clouds to rapture His children into the Heavens (1 Thessalonians 5:2), leaving the rest to endure the Great Tribulation and face eternal misery in the fires of hell.

Truly understanding the tragic destination of unbelievers will motivate us to share the Good News with everyone we meet.

We must heed to the Lord’s instruction with urgency to ensure that our family, friends and everyone across the nations hear and accept the Good News so we may all be together during the great wedding feast as brides of Christ.

This is something the Lord has really been putting on my heart the past few months. It is my responsibility to introduce an intimate relationship with the Lord to my family. It is my responsibility to intercede in prayer for the students at my school and speak freely about the grace of God to them. It is my responsibility to reach the nations with the promise of salvation, whether that is through this blog, traveling thousands of miles or talking to the person waiting in line with me at the grocery store.

You may be thinking that you are not capable of doing these things, but that is a lie straight from the Enemy. As a Christian, you have the power of the Almighty God living inside of you and it is by faith in Him that you are able to move mountains! All you have to do is share the Truth and how the receiver responds is in the Lord’s hands.

The Word of God is a beautiful and exciting message that brings life and freedom! The most loving thing you can do on this planet is share the Good News and lead others to the Rescuer who can deliver them from bondage. What is holding you back from sharing this precious Word?

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One thought on “Jesus’ Final Instructions In 23 Words

  1. Aubrey,
    Your grandmother, (my sister) sent me your article. I am so glad and excited to know that you and your friends are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and in sharing the Gospel message. .May God continue to use each of you in a mighty way to bring others into the Kingdom of Christ. Give your dad my love.

    Fr. Jack Bradberry
    Saint Michael’s Broken Arrow, OK

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