Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
There are many lessons in these words.
1. A lesson as to the result of death. Some thought that death had taken all "power " from Christ. They that follow Christ as well as the Master are not robbed by death; but on the other side of it they say, "Power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
2. The reward of labour. The reward of toil is a call to a wider task, to conquer the world for Christ.
3. The cure of doubt. "But some doubted. And Jesus said, Go ye, and preach the gospel."
I. THE LARGENESS OF THE SAVIOUR'S PURPOSE — "GO ye, and teach all nations." What an amplitude there is in the gaze of Christ. What a reach in His merciful design. Calvary has not robbed Him of His love. With the freshness of the resurrection power upon Him, He bids men to look at mankind and conquer the world for Him. Our hearts are wofully small, and the little heart projects its littleness into everything at which it looks. From this littleness of hope and faith lift up yourself to the dream of the Saviour. His eye has never rested upon the man of whom He despaired.
II. THE LOWLY METHODS WHICH CHRIST ADOPTS — "GO ye, therefore." The instrumentality is weak only in our conception of it. Christ knows what the gospel will effect. Christ is a true force, and can touch the heart. He knows the power of the cross in its very gentleness. He chose men to preach it. He knew the weakness of the twelve; He also knew the power there is in each one of us; He knew the power of sympathy to enter the soul.
III. THE ENCOURAGEMENTS TO OBEY THE SAVIOUR'S CALL — "All power is given unto Me." "Lo, I am with you always." Error says, "All power is given unto me." Sin, death, say the same. But truth says, "All power is given unto Christ." All things work together on behalf of the gospel.
IV. How THIS CHARGE HAS BEEN OBEYED.
Parallel VersesKJV: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: