“The eleven disciples travel to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus directs them. When they see Him, they worship, but some doubt.” (Matthew 28: 16 – 17, HCSB)
“Some doubt:” In that moment of doubt, Jesus reassures them. He tells them that “all authority has been given to Me” both here on earth and above in heaven. Jesus reminds them that He is the Christ, the One who is to come; the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world; the way, the truth, and the life.
And, He commands them to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Not only that, He tells them to “teach them to observe everything I command you.”
Jesus wants us to “make disciples.” He doesn’t just want people to hear about Him; He doesn’t just want people to be baptized. Instead He wants us to teach; to “make disciples.”
And, He is with us always, “to the end of the age.” His authority walks within us; and the earth belongs to Him.