Do you know what to do?
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
The eleven disciples were assigned a job to do. They were to go among the people of all nations and make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to obey everything Jesus had commanded them.
Did the eleven disciples know what to do?
The eleven disciples had been with Jesus for three years. During the three years, Jesus had shown them what to do and had sent them out to do what they had been shown by Jesus. He had made them fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).
The disciples knew they were to do just what Jesus had done, go among the people, and call them to repent of their sins and to believe the gospel. Jesus made this very clear to the eleven just before He ascended back into heaven when He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:44-48).
Jesus had also said to them just before He left them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15).
Our text today tells us the disciples knew what Jesus had commanded them. The eleven knew the content they were to teach. Peter was the leader of the Apostles and Jesus instructed him to feed His sheep, meaning, teach the new believers the word of God. The eleven knew what they were to do because they had followed Jesus and listened to His directions.
If you do not, then begin to follow Jesus daily by learning and practicing the truth of the Bible. Begin asking Jesus to teach you what you are to be and to be doing. When we ask a request according to His will we know we will receive what we have asked (1 John 5:14-15).
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May you learn how to make disciples in your home and sphere of influence.
We will continue this disciple-making discussion for the next week. Stay tuned tomorrow.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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