Why are Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:18-20 called the Great Commission? We do not find that terminology in the Bible, except perhaps in the man-made headings which were not a part of the original text. From what I have read, it is not known for sure when and who gave Jesus’ words this name, albeit why. So, let’s do some pondering.
The “Commission” part is easy. This is a charge Jesus gave to His disciples as their mission to “go and make disciples.”
But, why is it called the “Great” Commission?
Perhaps it is great in the sense of significance.
Perhaps it is great in the sense of how it is so comprehensive.
Perhaps it is great in the sense of how it is to permeate all facets of our lives.
The Steering the Church Toward Discipleship Leadership Guide includes the content in this post along with some brief input about each of the above points. This resource helps leaders understand how the Great Commission affects all of what they do.