Teaching the Commands of Jesus: A Brief Devotional

Dear Church Family,

We have been examining Jesus’ vision for the church found in the Great Commission. Today we are focusing on teaching!

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go thereforeand make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV emphasis mine)

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? It means that one follows Jesus, learns from Jesus, and submits to Jesus. How do we make disciples? We must teach others to follow Jesus, we must show them how to follow Jesus by living a life of obedience to God’s Word, and we must teach others all the commands of Jesus. We must live life as Jesus did and as he taught, and we must show and teach others to do the same. There is a reason Jesus did not say to simply go out and love our neighbors, although that is what the law teaches us to do. Jesus told us to teach His commandments because our definition of love doesn’t measure up with God’s. We must learn to love God’s way. We must submit our notions of love to the commandments of God which alone are the authority on what is truly loving. The world does not know love, and we are not born with an innate understanding of true love. Only in Jesus’ life can we see perfect love, only in relationship with Jesus can we experience perfect love, and only in the commandments of Jesus can we find direction in how to love. Let us continue to learn the commandments of Jesus and then teach them to others!

Pastor Joshua

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