The Lord returned to a place to stand with the men He prepared to change the world. Now, after the Resurrection, after the years of preparation, Jesus had simply one more command. Go and make disciples. What a great command–He did not ask them to go unseat the Jewish leadership–although they could have. He didn’t ask them to go and overthrow the Roman government–though, that was still the popular desire for the Jewish leadership.
Instead, He told them to do for the world, what He had done for them. Make disciples–baptize them, teach them and pour their lives into others. He did not give them the job, however, without the accompanying promise–“I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” All these men would be martyred–John survived simply because when, boiled in oil, nothing happened–he was then exiled to Patmos–where he wrote the book of Revelation. These men heeded Christ’s command and began the work of saving the world–a job that continues on today.
We have the same calling. Go and make disciples. It is as simple as sharing your heart with your kids. Telling those you work with what makes you tick. Serving in your church as a teacher, server, prayer warrior or giver. Never losing sight of the eternal perspective that comes from following Christ daily, hiding in His word; seeking Him in prayer. We should be in fellowship with other believers, and living in a way that allows Christ to mold you into His image. As you are going–if you follow him, you will make disciples.
God Bless You
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
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.”