As he was standing there with his disciples, he told them to go. Notice the directionality of the instructions.
Matthew 28:18-20 says, “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you**. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
He said to go and make disciples. But, what is a disciple? Simply put, a disciple is a learner or a student. Several years prior, Jesus had come to each of them and called them into a life of learning. He told them to follow Him and they did. He lived day to day with these guys and taught them how to understand the ways of God and the meaning of life.
As he was standing there with his disciples, he told them to go. Notice the directionality of the instructions. The expectation was not that people would come to them, but that they would go to the people. Nothing has changed. As disciples, we are called to go to others and help them become disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples, etc.
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