Speaker: Jerry Cisar
The famous last words of “the King” (Elvis), were apparently, “I’m going to the bathroom to read.” George Orwell’s last written words were, “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.” He died at age 46. You can make what you want of that. Margaret Sanger, the founder of the modern infanticide movement, last words were, “A party! Let’s have a party!” (I don’t think she is partying!) Blues singer Bessie Smith died saying, “I’m going, but I’m going in the name of the Lord.” When Harriet Tubman was about to die, her family gathered around her and they sang together. Her last words were, “Swing low, sweet chariot.”
People fascinate over the last words of famous individuals. We should certainly pay as much attention to the last earthly words of Jesus. These actually came after He died and was buried, for He was raised. They occur before He ascended. During those 40 days we have various records of His words, but none of them surpass the Great Commission as delivered in Matthew’s gospel. We must not assume that we understand it and gloss over it with catch phrases. We must pay attention to the details.
This Sunday, we are going to pull the veil back from the often veiled glory of the Great Commission. It is important that we not only get it right, but keep it right. It has served the church well for 2000 years, and will serve us well for the rest of time. But to be most effective, it must be clearly understood.
Join us as we explore Matthew 28:16-20 under the headings: The Powerlessness of the Commissioned; The Power of the Commissioner; and, The Particulars of the Commission. You might think this is all familiar. If so, you will be surprised by the hidden glory.