#7 Refocused Travelers
The disciples’ focal point was local—Galilee and its surrounding areas, Jerusalem on special occasions, and the familiarity of fishing boats. Called to a cause, they focused on Jesus’ riveting words, amazing miracles, and what it could possibly mean. Then Jesus died, shattering all the disciples believed and dared hope for. Disappointment, confusion, and fear were their close companions. Then, Jesus appeared and refocused their outlook.
His last words to them were, Go… make disciples… baptize… teach. Jesus stretched their boundaries from Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria to the ends of the earth.* The words He spoke to the disciples, He speaks to us, book-ended by two empowering promises.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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 28:18-20
Jesus said—and says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples…” Therefore—because all authority (power and dominion) is His and He is in us—we go, we make disciples, we baptize, and we teach.
The second bookend is as precious. “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Never alone—Jesus is with us and within us, before and behind us, above and beneath us, ever present. He equips, enables, empowers us to meet the call.
Easter makes these promises and this calling personal. Like the disciples, let’s be world travelers with our words and prayers, time and treasure, heart and soul.
* Acts 1:8