Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.…
I. Is THE WORLD'S NEED ANY LESS NOW THAN IT WAS THEN? The needs of the human soul are still unsupplied by any material satisfactions. The conscience of the world is still troubled with the old problem, "How shall man be just with God." If the gospel be withheld from the knowledge of mankind the problem remains insoluble. The misery of man is great upon him still. "Go ye therefore," etc. Tell men that God loves them. Such is the great commission.
1. Look at its universality.
2. Look at its intellectual character, "Go teach all nations." The gospel is an appeal to human intelligence.
3. Consider its gentleness. The Divine condescension in act of bending down to reach men, disciple them.
II. ARE THE ENCOURAGEMENTS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO PUT THEMSELVES INSTANTLY IN A WAY OF OBEDIENCE TO THIS LAST COMMAND IN ANY DEGREE LESS THAN THEY WERE AT FIRST? The followers of Christ had heavenly power on their side then. Has it waned? "Go," even if you doubt. Once before our Lord had seen the world and its kingdoms "from a high mountain." The race shall enter into the kingdoms of the world.
(A. Raleigh, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.