Welcome friends, hello there, my name is David and welcome to our new video series titled The Commands of Jesus Christ.
We are getting ready to dive into an amazing study of the key statements that Jesus makes that opens an amazing window for us to get a better understanding what he was teaching his disciples.
One of the very last things that Jesus Christ did following his resurrection was to tell his disciples to go back to Galilee. To go back to where it all started. To go back to where they all had spent 3 years in training and where Christ had shown them how to walk out the mission.
So the disciples set out from Jerusalem, and walked the 120 miles back to Galilee, and climbed once again the mountain that Christ told them too.When they arrived, It seems that Christ wanted to have a chance to review his teachings. Almost if he was giving them one final pop quiz and few last words of instruction, before he had to leave them.
And there on the mountain overlooking the sea of Galilee, Christ told his disciples;
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to obey all things that I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Christ right before he ascends back to heaven gathers his disciples together and in as few words as possible tells them exactly what he needs for them to do. What Christ tells his disciples has been called the Great Commission. The great sending of his disciples into the world. However, I have rarely heard, the last part of the Great Commission discussed. To teach them to obey ALL that Christ commanded.
You might have also came to the same question that I did.
Why is it important to obey the commands of Christ?
Is it not enough that I have confessed and believed in Him? Why do I also need to obey all of his commands?
John the Evangelist writes in 2 John,
“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”
This is a serious charge. Is John really saying that if we do not continue in his teachings that we do no have God in us?
Matthew explains why it this way:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Did you catch what it takes to build your life on the rock? To be able to stand firm among the storms of life?
“Those who hear the words of Christ and puts them into practice is the wise man who builds his house on the rock.”
With Christ telling us why it is so important to follow his commands, how many of my activities are centered around his commands.
Did you realize that Christ gave us over 150 direct commands? And over 200 indirect, inferred, or implied commands.
In this video series, we will be going through the direct commands of Jesus Christ, to better understand, not only how we should live as disciples of Jesus Christ, but also what to teach new believers.
One of my favorite verses says, “Those that say they are in him, must walk as Jesus walked.”
If we are to be in Jesus Christ, we must walk as he did. And the only way to do that is to obey EVERY command that he taught us.
Join us as we begin this journey through the Commands of Jesus Christ.