Great CommissionQUESTION: Great Commission - Was Jesus talking to me?ANSWER:
Yes, Jesus was talking to you in the Great Commission. Though eleven disciples were gathered before Him, He spoke to the very end of the age.
This Scripture, found in Matthew 28:18-20, is the commission that started the Christian church and by which the church has spread into all the earth. For this reason, it is known as the Great Commission. Jesus said to His eleven disciples: "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.'"
As a born-again Christian, Jesus was talking to you. As you have made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, the command is to you. In coming to the cross of Christ, you have been raised to life in Jesus. Because of His great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).
Jesus' life in believers cannot be hidden under a bushel. "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). Believers testify of this great love God has shown, and their lives are a testimony because their deeds have changed. They have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:18). The joy of being pleasing to God (righteousness) is a testimony to all.
In knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are a witness of Him. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). It is by the Spirit that we cry Abba, Father; also, the Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children (Romans 8:15-16).
If you have the testimony of Jesus in your heart (His Spirit) then He was talking to you in the Great Commission. He assures that He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18), and that He is with you (Matthew 28:20).