Matthew 28: 18-20 commonly referred to as “The Great Commission” was never intended to be a task dutifully performed while Jesus is way off in heaven watching with eagle-eyed scrutiny to make sure we do it “right.” Indeed, it is the great CO-MISSION. We are partners with Jesus, who is closer than our own skin through the Holy Spirit in us. Note the last phrase of Matthew 28:20: “And behold, (pay attention to, observe this) I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, to the end of the age.”
This vital mission of the God Who Loves is accomplished, flows out of, the love relationship between God and His family.
The great co-mission flows out of the relationship as outlined in the Great Commandments: Love God with all you are (because He first loved you and gives you the ability to love with His love) and love your neighbor and love yourself. And just to make sure that we don’t attempt to love in our own strength, Jesus says for good measure to love our enemies, something that is impossible without His empowerment.
The Presence of Jesus in us by His Spirit proves that heaven has come to earth. Through Jesus life, death, resurrection, ascension and sending the Holy Spirit, now WE are the dwelling place of God…the Living Temple of the Living God!! Old things are passed away, behold, the new has come. New creation has begun and will continue until all things are manifestly summed up in Christ!