”Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 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, baptising 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 28:16-20
Setting the Scene
- From our reading today we have the last words that Jesus speaks to His disciples.
- Jesus has been tried and killed, the majority of His disciples have abandoned Him but then 3 days later He has come alive again.
- He tells His disciples to wait for him on the mountain which is the setting for our reading today.
These final instructions are to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
- Baptism is a reminder for all of us of the promises that were either made for us or that we made for ourselves.
- Talk of dying and rising may sound a bit weird but that is what we do at baptism. The font is both a tomb and a womb – a tomb because in it we are buried with Christ – putting off our old self – and then being born again into new life with Christ.
We don’t have to be perfect to be His disciples
- Our reading also reminds us that we don’t have to be perfect to be His disciples. This is Jesus grand moment of sending His disciples out and it should be the perfect leadership moment but there is a simple line that shows that the disciples were less than perfect – ‘but some doubted’.
- This is the risen Jesus, the Son of God, the one who healed the sick and raised the dead, the one whom they saw crucified and buried and who they had seen come back to life again and spent time with – despite all this, ‘some doubted’.
- There is also a fantastic promise in our reading today – the promise that Jesus will be with us always, to the very end of the age
- The famous last words of Jesus were to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has taught us.
- As we draw our discipleship series to a close, let us be a Church that is willing to do this.
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