After Jesus died, his disciples were left wondering what they should do next. Jesus had been their leader and guide, and now he was gone.
They were unsure of how to continue without him. However, before he died, Jesus gave his disciples clear instructions on what they should do.
Spread the Gospel
Jesus’ first instruction to his disciples after his death was to spread the gospel. He wanted them to share his teachings and message with others so that more people could hear the good news of salvation.
This was not a new idea for the disciples; Jesus had already sent them out to preach and heal earlier in their ministry (Matthew 10:1-15). But now, with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the message took on even greater urgency.
Preach to All Nations
In addition to spreading the gospel, Jesus told his disciples to preach it to all nations. He said in Matthew 28:19-20, “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.”
This was a radical departure from traditional Jewish beliefs at that time which held that non-Jews were unclean and unworthy of God’s grace. But Jesus wanted his message of love and salvation to reach everyone.
Another important instruction from Jesus was for his disciples to baptize believers. Baptism was a symbol of repentance and faith in Christ (Mark 16:16), and it signified a new life in Christ (Romans 6:4). By baptizing believers, the disciples were publicly declaring their faith in Christ and inviting others to do the same.
In conclusion, after Jesus died, he gave clear instructions to his disciples on what they should do. They were to spread the gospel, preach it to all nations, and baptize believers.
These instructions set the foundation for the church’s mission and continue to guide believers today. As we follow in the footsteps of the disciples, we too can share the good news of salvation with others and bring glory to God.