This act of Jesus was a direct fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham; “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). Later in the Early Church, this lesson is repeated in different ways to demonstrate that God has never, and will never, forget His promise. He wants the church on board with His plan that was from the beginning.
As I go through this series on the “Great Commission”, I ask you to stand back from the few verses in Matthew 28:19-20 and see the “Bigger Picture” of God’s eternal plan. It did not begin when the church was birthed. It was always in the mind and heart of God, and we can trace from the very beginning and see the sign posts He placed along the way that clearly revealed His heart.