Did Jesus Send His Disciples?

There has been much debate over the years regarding whether or not Jesus sent out his disciples to preach the gospel. The Bible provides us with numerous accounts of Jesus sending out his disciples, but what does this mean for us today Let’s take a closer look.

What the Bible Says

In Matthew 10:5-6, Jesus sends out his twelve disciples and commands them, “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.”

Later in Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives what is commonly known as the Great Commission, saying, “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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. “

These two passages illustrate that Jesus did indeed send out his disciples to share the good news with others. However, it is important to note that in Matthew 10:23, Jesus tells his disciples that they will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before he returns. This suggests that their mission was primarily focused on reaching those within Israel rather than spreading the gospel throughout all nations.

What This Means for Us Today

As Christians today, we can learn a lot from these passages about evangelism and sharing our faith. Just as Jesus sent out his disciples to spread the gospel message, we too are called to do so. It is our responsibility as believers to share with others what God has done in our lives and how they too can experience salvation through faith in Christ.

We must also remember that like Jesus’ disciples, our mission is primarily focused on reaching those around us – our family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. While it is important to support missions efforts around the world, our primary mission field is right where we are.


The question of whether or not Jesus sent out his disciples has been answered with a resounding “yes.” As believers, we are called to follow in their footsteps and share the good news of salvation with those around us. Let us be faithful in this task and trust that God will use our efforts to bring about his purposes in the world.