Sunday’s Scripture ~ Matthew 28:16-20
The final class standing between me completing my undergraduate dual religion and philosophy degree was Logic. And all I can say is this:
I wish I had taken a course in Logic before I took tenth grade Geometry. Proofs would have made SO much more sense.
For me the goal of solving any logic problem is arriving at the three dots in the shape of a triangle at the end of the problem. These three dots in the shape of a triangle represent the therefore that immediately precedes the logical consequence – or result – of the logic problem. These three dots in the shape of a triangle also mean the end of this logic problem is at hand!
Some logic problems are quite simple and therefore quite brief. Given that each of the following premises are true…
- All schnauzers are canines.
- Samson is a schnauzer.
- Therefore Samson is a canine.
- All A are B.
- C is an A.
- Therefore C is a B.
Other logic problems, however, involve an entire soup worth of alphabet letters in order to get to the therefore.
For this reason logic equations always seemed a little one-sided to me. All the work was on the front end of the therefore. By the time I arrived at those three dots in the shape of a triangle, true, I was ready to execute my logical consequence…but that was where the work ended. The equation concluded. No more work was to be done.
In some ways Jesus provides an alphabet soup worth of letters before arriving at his Great Therefore – or Great Commission – in Matthew 28. As in logic equations, all our evidence, instruction, and examples precede the therefore. Teachings. Feedings. Healings. Miracles. Declarations that Jesus is God’s Son. Foretellings that Jesus will suffer, die, and rise on the third day. Witnesses to the resurrection. And then we reach the long awaited therefore only to find the sequence continues.
Therefore – go.
- Go and make.
- Go and baptize.
- Go and teach.
- Go and obey.
Not therefore go. as in we stop at the period that follows the o. Rather therefore go and actually go. Move. Respond. Serve. Do all of these things. And in doing all of these things – making, baptizing, teaching, and obeying – you will be anything but stationary and God’s Kingdom will be anything but stationary.
Jesus’ therefore leads into a consequence that calls us into action. Through our service we continue his service. Through our witness we strengthen his witness. This is a privilege. This is an honor. This is holy work. And this is our work.
Jesus has delivered his therefore. How will you live into your go?
Prayer: “Go, make of all disciples.” We hear the call, O Lord, that comes from thee, our Father, in thy eternal Word. Inspire our ways of learning through earnest, fervent prayer, and let our daily living reveal thee everywhere.”* Amen.
*”Go, Make of All Disciples,” The United Methodist Hymnal 571.