Interviewer: Welcome, we have the incredible opportunity today to speak with the author of the Gospel of Matthew. Thank you for joining us.
Author: Thank you for having me. It’s an honor to be here.
Interviewer: Matthew, your gospel has left a lasting impact on countless lives. One particular verse that resonates deeply with many is Matthew 28:18-20. Could you please share your thoughts on this passage?
Author: Certainly. Matthew 28:18-20 holds immense significance not only within my gospel but also within the broader narrative of Jesus’ ministry and the Great Commission He entrusted to His disciples. In this passage, Jesus speaks directly to His disciples after His resurrection and just before His ascension. He says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Interviewer: This verse carries a strong sense of authority and purpose. Could you elaborate on the significance of Jesus’ statement, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”?
Author: Absolutely. This declaration by Jesus is of paramount importance. By asserting His authority over heaven and earth, Jesus is revealing His divine nature and His position as the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah. His authority encompasses both spiritual and earthly realms, emphasizing His sovereignty and power over all creation. This divine authority serves as the foundation for His subsequent command to His disciples.
Interviewer: That leads us to Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Can you delve deeper into the importance and implications of this mission?
Author: Certainly. The command to make disciples of all nations, or the Great Commission, represents the essence of Jesus’ earthly ministry. It calls upon His followers, then and now, to actively share the good news of His salvation, teaching others about Him and baptizing them into the fellowship of believers. This commission extends beyond cultural and geographic boundaries, demonstrating Christ’s desire for the gospel message to reach every corner of the world. It emphasizes the importance of spreading the transformative power of Jesus’ teachings and love to all people.
Interviewer: The final part of this passage speaks of Jesus’ continued presence with His disciples until the end of the age. Can you talk about the comfort and assurance found in those words?
Author: Certainly. Jesus assures His disciples that He will be with them always, even until the end of the age. This promise not only provides comfort and encouragement to His original disciples but also resonates with all believers throughout history. It holds significant meaning as it emphasizes the ongoing presence and guidance of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. It assures us that as we go forth in fulfilling the Great Commission, we are not alone but have Christ’s constant support, wisdom, and strength. It also reminds us of His faithfulness to His word, as He remains with us throughout our journey of discipleship.
Interviewer: Matthew, we appreciate your insights into the profound passage of Matthew 28:18-20. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for your invaluable contribution to the Bible.
Author: Thank you for having me. It has been a pleasure to discuss these foundational verses and their enduring impact. May they continue to inspire and guide all who encounter them.