Meanwhile, the eleven disciples heard the wonderful news from the women and left for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. The moment they saw him, they worshiped him, but some still have lingering doubts.
Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All the authority of the universe has been given to me. Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.
If a disciple is a follower of a Person and their teachings how are we to make disciples? I think it is the way Jesus did. He invited people to do life and ministry with Him. They had the opportunity to know Him by being with Him. They had the privilege of hearing Him teach the kingdom ways.
How can we have thought that we could reduce discipleship to a mere belief in Someone people don’t know at all and hand them the rules of being a Christian? How can we think this leads to a life that grows in experiencing a fullness and knowing of the Trinity that frees us to be image bearers of God? How can a person believe in the goodness of kingdom ways if they have not begun to embrace them after having had watched them expressed in a real life? How can people know the beauty of transformation by the Spirit? Discipleship is relational.
The Author of The Passion Translation has this study note, “There is a sentence found in the Aramaic that is missing in all but one Greek manuscript, which read, “As my Father has sent me, so I send you.”
That is a line worth meditating on and asking the Spirit to unfold to us. How was Jesus sent? How did He live out His sentness to make disciples who would know and follow the living God?
As you sit in silence with God, allow that last line to be brought inside of you (As my Father has sent me, so I send you). Ask the Spirit to draw you to one of the ways Jesus lived out His sentness.
If there are scriptures that cover this part of Jesus’ story, look them up and read it thoughtfully.
Look for a character trait, an expression of love, the practical expression. Sit quietly and worship Jesus for these expressions of His sentness that have reached all the way through history to you.
Let the Holy Spirit reveal what desire towards God this touches on and talk to God about it.
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