Matthew 28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And 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, 20 teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Our text today contains four commands spoken originally to eleven disciples and written to all who believe (including you and me). Yesterday we asked the question, “Did the disciples know what to do?” This is a very important question if we are going to complete any assigned work. The answer to the question was, “Yes, the disciples knew what they were to do and how to do it.” They had been following Jesus for three years watching Him save people from their sins and practicing under His expert supervision what they saw Jesus doing.
Today we ask the question, “Did the eleven disciples have the help they needed to obey the four final commands Jesus gave them in His last hours of earthly ministry?” – the four commands in Matthew 28:19-20. The answer to today’s question is “Yes, the disciples had the help they needed to obey Jesus’ four commands.” In the days before He died on the cross Jesus told the eleven they would receive the Holy Spirit to teach them truth, guide them into all truth and to help them remember all that He had taught them (John 14:26; 16:13). Jesus also told the disciples before He was crucified that the Holy Spirit would bear witness of Jesus to the world and convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment to prepare people to hear the gospel, repent and believe (John 15:26; 16:8). Jesus also appeared to the eleven after He rose from the dead on the third day to notify the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they were clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8). Acts 2:1-11 is the record of the eleven being clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit and beginning to obey the four commands of Matthew 28:19-20, our text for today.
A lesson we can learn from today’s devotional: God always helps His people to do what He has commanded them to do. Is that your experience? It can be. Ask the Lord to help you experience His help in doing your God-given assignments. Remember, when we ask according to His will He hears us and if we know He hears us, we know we have what we asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15).