The Highest Standard

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations ... teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" 

Matthew 28:19,20
Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40; Psalm 33:4-6,9,18-20,22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20

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The Holy Trinity, B

In today’s climatic scene from the Gospel of Matthew, we receive a foretaste of the final glorious coming of the Son of Man. Jesus delivers His “Farewell Speech” to His disciples as He meets them for the last time. “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee,” Matthew tells us, “To the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted” (Mt. 28: 16-17). Then, as if to erase any lingering doubts, Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them all that I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:18-19,20). We need to remember the commandments of Jesus are the standard of Christian conduct. Knowing that the disciples might be discouraged by the immensity of the task He has commanded them to carry out, Jesus promises them: “So, I am with you always, to the close of the Age” (Mt.28;20). 

In today’s Lesson,…

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