Matthew 28:16 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 observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
As we continue to look at the Great Commission above, we ask a third and final question, "Did the eleven disciples do a good job of obeying the four commands, (1) go, (2) make disciples of all nations, (3) baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and (4) teach them to obey all Jesus had commanded them? The following texts from the historical account of the eleven's work given us in the book of Acts answer the question. Acts was written by Luke sometime in the early 60's AD after Paul had been imprisoned in Rome for two years (Acts 28:30-31).
Acts 2:40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Acts 4:4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
Acts 8:1 And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Please note that it took persecution to scatter the Christians outside the Jerusalem area where the apostles were. Even though we know the assignment, we need our comfortable nest made uncomfortable to complete it. The assignment was to reach the world. The comfortable place was the area around Jerusalem. The eleven hadn't helped the people to go out to all the world, so God allowed persecution and the gospel spread beyond the Jerusalem area. The eleven did a good job of obeying the four commands of Matthew 28:19-20. We are evidence of that good job today. What started with a Great Commission to eleven has changed the world.
Next week we will ask the same questions of ourselves. Do we know what to do and how to do it? Do we have help to obey the four commands? Are we doing a good job? Ponder those questions over the weekend.