Where in the Bible Jesus Sent Out His Disciples?

The Bible is a book that contains numerous stories and teachings about the life of Jesus Christ, his teachings, and his disciples. One of the most significant events in Jesus’ ministry is when he sent out his disciples to spread the good news of the Kingdom. This event is documented in several passages of the Bible, and we will explore them in this article.

The Sending Out of The Twelve

The first account we find in the Bible where Jesus sends out his disciples is in Matthew 10:1-15. In this passage, Jesus calls together his twelve disciples and gives them authority to drive out impure spirits and heal every disease and sickness. He then sends them out with specific instructions to only go to the lost sheep of Israel, not to take any money or extra clothing, and to rely on the hospitality of those they meet on their journey.

“These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions” (Matthew 10:5).

Jesus also warns them that they will face persecution and tells them how to respond when faced with opposition.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16).

The Sending Out of The Seventy-Two

In Luke 10:1-24, we find another account where Jesus sends out seventy-two disciples, also with specific instructions. In this passage, Jesus tells them that “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Luke 10:2) and instructs them to pray for more workers.

Jesus then sends them out two by two ahead of him into every town he was about to go to. He tells them not to take any money or extra clothing but instead rely on the hospitality of those they meet along their journey.

“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.” (Luke 10:1)

The Great Commission

The most well-known account of Jesus sending out his disciples is found in Matthew 28:16-20, commonly referred to as the Great Commission. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee and gave them a mission.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:18-20)

This commission was not just for the twelve or seventy-two disciples but for all believers who would come after them. It is a call for every believer to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.


Jesus sending out his disciples marked a significant moment in his ministry. He was preparing them for their future mission – spreading the good news about him after he was gone.

We see that although Jesus gave different instructions each time he sent out his disciples, there were some common themes such as relying on God’s provision, facing opposition, and being obedient to God’s call.

As believers today, we are also called to follow in their footsteps by sharing the good news about Jesus with others. The message remains the same; it is up to us how we choose to carry it forward.