Great Command: Jesus sums up the whole law in a few words. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:37-40). The way Jesus describes this command shows the totality of it. We must love God. We cannot hold anything back from God. In the gospel of Luke the great command is immediately followed up with the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). It goes like this. A man is on a journey and he’s robbed, beaten and left for dead in a ditch. A priest happens along the road. In our culture it would be like saying “a pastor was coming down the road.” As a spiritual leader of Israel presumably the priest would stop to help the man, but he moves right along. Then a Levite comes down the road. As a minister of the temple surely he would stop, but no he ignores the man and keeps going. Then along comes a Samaritan, despised culturally by the Jews, surely this man will not stop. However this Samaritan cares for the wounded man and pays for his recovery at a local inn. Which man is the neighbour to the man who was beaten?
Great Commission: Jesus is giving his final instructions to the disciples. We realize instinctively that a person’s last words are usually important. If you have just one last chance to share something with someone you love you wouldn’t tell them that iPhones are on sale at Walmart. My grandfather passed away nine years ago now and I will always remember my last communication with him. He was to the point where he could not speak, but he could still write so we wrote a couple notes back and forth the last time I saw him. He told me that he was proud of me. For a grandson I don’t think there’s anything more meaningful than that. Just like this, Jesus’ last words are important and emotional. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20). Jesus words to the disciples here tell us how we are to live as people who belong to the body of Christ. In short followers of Jesus are to live as disciples who make other disciples.
Power: In Jesus’ final recorded words on earth he gives the disciples the promise of the Holy Spirit. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). How is the church able to carry out the Great Command and the Great Commission? Through the power of the Holy Spirit. “The Holy Spirit came to energize the community of believers, to make the resurrected Christ available everywhere through Spirit-filled disciples.” The Holy Spirit quickly transformed the outlook of the disciples. From sitting in an upper room to preaching in the streets, the empowerment of the Holy Spirit made all the difference (Acts 1-2).
Example: Jesus’ mission. We might be surprised to learn that Jesus had a mission statement (Luke 4:18-21). This mission statement provided Jesus with clarity and guided every decision that he made. As a practical step, I would encourage you to work on writing your own personal mission statement to guide your life. Check out this link for a primer on writing your own mission statement. What is the mission of the church? From great command and great commission through the power of the Holy Spirit we set out on mission with Jesus at our side.
 Horton, Stanley M. and William W. Menzies, Bible Doctrines: A Pentecostal Perspective. Pg 159