Observance: Matthew 28:20
by Christopher Paré
Globalization, the internet, and ease of travel has made reaching the entire world with the Gospel in our lifetime a very possible reality; thus the great commission is one of the most referenced passages of scripture among Christians in our age. I’ve been wrestling with the passage a lot lately, and something struck me as I’ve pondered and prayed.
Here’s the Passage:
16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The word observe here is a translation of the greek work τηρέω. Here’s a list of definitions from Blue Letter Bible.
1) to attend to carefully, take care of
a) to guard
b) metaph. to keep, one in the state in which he is
c) to observe
d) to reserve: to undergo something
The Gospel is deep, profound, divine, crushing, life giving, and so much more. With that in mind, I want to start a series of blogs focusing on the commandments of Jesus in the Gospels. I encourage you to join me in seeking His heart, and ask Him how we may strive to observe all He has commanded us to be, say, and do.