Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 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.” Matthew 28:16-20 (English Standard Version)
Now that the Easter dinner leftovers are put in the freezer, the dishes washed and put in the breakfront, the church’s decorations are put up, the sales are over, and all the celebration is past; it doesn’t end there.
All that we saw Jesus did and go through was a preparation for his disciples to venture out into the world. They heard the teachings, saw the miracles, witnessed his ultimate acts of love at the last Passover Seder and at the cross; and then the power of his resurrection-all for them to share with others. This wasn’t a “Bible totin’-Scripture quotin’” game that many of us pull when we “witness” to others. No, this is an act of love where the disciples shared all they experienced and learned so that others will become disciples.
The post’s Scripture text-known as the “Great Commission”-was one of the last commands Jesus gives. Many of us think that Jesus calls us to grab our Bibles and beat folk over the head with them. Or, to stand on the street corner and preach until we’re blue in the face. Others think we’re to go around pointing out the “sins” of others with the impression that we have it all sown up. No my friend, it’s more than that.
What did Jesus do? He loved in word deed and thought; demonstrating to us the love of the Father/Mother. Jesus calls us to do the same. He calls us to love, to heal, to liberate, to give our all to others.
Now that all is said and done, it’s time for us to go, go to those who need the love, the mercy, and the grace of God. Go to the “other” and include them into the Kingdom/Queendom of God. Don’t try to drag them into a church; instead go out and reach out to them in love as Jesus did. When they see the love of God in us, they can’t help but to join us and become disciples as well. Then they too will go out to others…
Growing the Kingdom/Queendom of God…
And Jesus will be with us until the end.
Grace and Peace.