Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Devotional: In this week’s devotions we dive into the New Testament practice of immersion baptism and being made new in Christ. Baptism is a sacrament of Jesus, meaning Jesus commanded and ordained it as an ongoing practice of church. Today’s passage demonstrates that command.
As Jesus’ disciples, we are to, ”in our going” as the verb suggests, make disciples of all nations, which includes baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism is part of becoming a disciple of Jesus. As we will see later in the week, Jesus set the example by himself being baptized by John in the Jordan River.
Also as His followers, we are called to teach everything that He has commanded us. In other words, disciples make disciples. We don’t have to know it all; we just are called to teach what we do know, that is, what we’ve received. And the result? Jesus promises to be with us always.
THAT’S a great promise.
- How have you experienced Jesus’ presence with you as you seek to make disciples in His name?