When Jesus was on earth, He called twelve men to be His disciples and He spent three years teaching them about God’s love and truth. As His time on earth came to an end, Jesus knew that it was time to send out His disciples to share the good news with others.
But how did He say He was sending them out? Let’s take a look.
The Commissioning of the Disciples
In Matthew 28:19-20, we find what has come to be known as the Great Commission. Jesus said,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This commandment from Jesus is a call for all believers to share the good news of salvation with others. It’s not just for pastors or missionaries; it’s for everyone who follows Jesus.
What Does It Mean To Make Disciples?
To make disciples means more than just sharing information about Jesus; it means helping people become followers of Him. It means investing time in their lives, teaching them about God’s love and truth, and showing them how to live out their faith.
Baptizing new believers is also part of making disciples. This is a public declaration that they are choosing to follow Jesus and be part of His church.
Teaching Them To Observe All That I Have Commanded You
Jesus didn’t just want His disciples to make more believers; He wanted them to teach these new believers how to live according to God’s Word. This involves helping new believers understand what it means to follow Jesus in every aspect of life.
Jesus’ Promise To Be With Us Always is a powerful encouragement to all who seek to follow Him. No matter where we go or what we do, Jesus promises to be with us every step of the way.
When Jesus commissioned His disciples, He gave them a clear commandment: go and make disciples of all nations. This commandment is still relevant for us today.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to share the good news of salvation with others and help them become disciples. Let’s take this commandment seriously and be faithful in carrying out Jesus’ mission in the world.