The Daily Office | February 24, 2018
Psalms 116, 117, 118
Exodus 1:1-14, (15-21), 1:22-2:10
Matthew 27:57-28 end
Collect: The First Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations, and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect: Ember Days
O God, you led your holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that your Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of your kingdom; through him who is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) includes some of the most powerful words of Jesus in Scripture. It is considered by many to be the mission statement of the Church and the summary of Jesus’ calling to discipleship.
Many, however, don’t fully understand the significance of the words, their tenses and aspects, that are conveyed in the original Greek language. For instance, the word “go” is often misunderstood to be an imperative, a command; however, “go” is a Greek participle, which may more accurately be translated “as you go.” Contrary to some bible studies, “go” is not the main verb in this sentence.
“Make disciples” is the main verb! "Make disciples" is the imperative, the command of Jesus. First and foremost, Jesus wants us to make disciples. Then, the verbs “baptizing” and “teaching” are participles that answer the question “how."
So as we break it down, Jesus is saying “As you go along in life, Make Disciples… How? 1) By baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and 2) by teaching them to observe all that I have taught you.” This is discipleship. This is the mission of the Church.
As you are going along in your life, your work, your school, your friendships, how are you making disciples of those who don’t know Christ? How are you teaching them, showing them, exemplifying for them the life of Christ? How are you leading them to faith in God in Jesus Christ? Where in your life can you start making intentional efforts to “make disciples”?