Matthew 28:20b
20   teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age
          This phrase is one of several verse passage (18-20) with which most believers are well familiar.  The passage names in most renditions of the Bible have named it “The Great Commission”.  It is a part of the final words from the Lord Jesus to His disciples as He was leaving this world and return to heaven upon the finishing of His mission here in the world:
   18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18–20)
           It is profitable to take this unit as a whole, see how it moves from beginning to end and then, consider His final statement as the summary to the entire (admittedly short) farewell.  It builds on itself, phrase by phrase and leads us to the wonderful and a fabulously assuring statement there in verse 20.
         Let’s take a moment and lay the groundwork to the final little bit of this farewell.  We’ll not be spending an immense amount of time on the preliminaries and will just use them to direct our thinking so that we can get a full and accurate understanding of just what His real and full intent was in this final bit of His farewell.  
         The beginning of the chapter speaks of a number of familiar things:
  1. The appearance of Jesus to Mary and Mary Magdalene after their coming the tomb and experiencing of the earthquake that was a portion of the Resurrection.  
  2. An angel descended and moved the stone and then sat on it as they approached.  He (the angel) had a countenance like lightning and clothing white as snow (v2-3).  
  3. We’re told that they Roman guards faint for the fear of the angel (v4).  
  4. The angel that had been sitting on the stone that had been in front of the entrance to the tomb spoke kindly and reassuringly to the two women (5-7) and The women ran to bring the disciples to the tomb.  
  5. As they were running to tell the disciples, Jesus met them and told them “…do not be afraid…” thus reaffirmed the command that they had been given by the angel to go to the disciples.  
  6. He added that they we to tell Jesus’ disciples that they were go to Galilee for they would see Him there. (9-10).  
  7. We are also told in this chapter that the Roman soldiers were bribed by the Chief Priests and Elders to spread the lie that they had fallen asleep and that the disciples had come and stolen Jesus’ body (11-15).  
  8. Finally, just before and setting the scene for the giving of the “Great Commission” we’re told that the disciples did, indeed go to Galilee to “…the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them” which seems to imply that the entire following matter was planned by the Lord as what His final interaction with them would be.  It was here that we are told that when 
  9. There “…they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted”.
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