based on, Not Made To Be Alone, a LGG Study / w4d5
Today’s Reading: Matthew 28:16-20 / SoAP: 19-20
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:19-20
But Jesus Met them There
Following the resurrection o f Christ, “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you!” 8 So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”” —
This is where today’s passage picks up. With Judas gone there were now only 11 disciples in Jesus’ inner circle and they did just what He had instructed. They went to Galilee where they saw Him just as Jesus said they would. Jesus told the disciples that He had been given all authority in heaven and on earth – and by that authority He commissioned them to go and make disciples of all nations -[signifying every people group on earth], to baptize the new disciples, and to teach them. – not just who God was and what He had done – but obedience to the commands He had given and to remember that He would always be with them.
A disciple is one who becomes like their master by living in a servant relationship to their master …BibleRef.com
It’s important to note that Jesus had been the teacher up to this point, and to remember that His teaching involved mentoring, training, explaining, and modeling matters of faith. As His disciples, this is what we have been called to do as well. Whether one on one or in group settings – Jesus’ hands-on discipleship program was vital to the spread of the Gospel then and now – to all nations, tribes, and tongues.
Consider This …
Faithful followers multiply followers.
So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.Acts 6:7
Response to God’s Word
Father, may we be faithful followers – obedient to Your Word, lights to the communities we’re a part of, voices in the wilderness, hands and feet that love and serve like Jesus did – drawing others to You. Embolden us to ‘go’, ‘to make disciples’, and lead/encourage baptism. Grant us the words to teach but also a lifestyle that models Christ-likenesss; and may we never forget that You are with us always for this is both strength and joy. – To Your glory, I pray – Amen and Amen!
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