Where in the Bible Does Jesus Send His Disciples Out?

The Bible is a book filled with history, teachings, and stories that have influenced the lives of millions of people over the centuries. One of the most significant events in the New Testament is Jesus sending out his disciples to spread his message of love and salvation.

But where exactly in the Bible does Jesus send his disciples out? Let’s take a closer look.

The Great Commission

The most well-known passage where Jesus sends out his disciples is known as The Great Commission. This event takes place after Jesus’ resurrection, and it is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28, verses 16-20.

Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 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,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

In this passage, we see that Jesus commands his disciples to go and make more disciples among all nations. He also instructs them to baptize these new followers in the name of God’s trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and teach them everything he has taught them.

The Sending Out Of The Twelve Disciples

Another important moment where Jesus sends out his disciples can be found in Mark’s Gospel chapter 6, verses 7-13.

Mark 6:7-13 (NIV)

7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.
9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.
10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.
11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent.
13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

In this passage, Jesus sends out his twelve disciples in pairs. He gives them authority over evil spirits and instructs them to take nothing with them on their journey except a staff. He also tells them what they should do if they are not welcomed in certain places or listened to.

The Sending Out Of The Seventy-Two Disciples

Luke’s Gospel records another instance where Jesus sends out his disciples. This time it is seventy-two of his followers who are sent out. This event is found in Luke chapter 10, verses 1-12.

Luke 10:1-12 (NIV)

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house. ‘
6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.
7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages.

Do not move around from house to house.
8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.
9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you. ‘
10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say,
11‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near. ‘
12I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

In this passage from Luke’s Gospel, we see Jesus sending out seventy-two disciples ahead of him to prepare towns for his arrival. He tells them that he is sending them out like lambs among wolves. He instructs them on what they should do if they are welcomed or rejected in certain towns.

In Conclusion

Jesus sending out his disciples is a significant event in the New Testament. We can see from the three passages we have explored that Jesus sends out his disciples to spread his message of love and salvation to the world. He gives them instructions on what to do and how to behave, and he promises to be with them always.

As Christians, we are also called to be disciples of Jesus and share his message with the world. We can learn from these passages in the Bible how we too can share his message of love and salvation with those around us.