Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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COMMENT & QUESTIONS
The Gospel of Matthew ends very quickly. Matthew records very little of what Jesus says after His resurrection. Why do you think Matthew doesn’t include more?
The Disciples were instructed to go out and teach the good news about the Kingdom of Heaven. The rest of the New Testament contains the teachings of the disciples as they continued the mission of Jesus. Jesus had taught them enough and now it was their turn to go out and teach.
Jesus sent His apostles out earlier. Who was the first mission to? (See Matthew 10) Who is this mission to?
The first mission was only to the lost sheep of Israel. This mission is to all nations.
What does Jesus say is involved in making disciples? Have you been baptised and been taught the things Jesus commanded? If not, why not?
To become a disciple of Jesus, you have to be baptised for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38).
Jesus was called Immanuel (“God with us”) in Matt 1:23. Now Jesus leaves His disciples and promises that He will be with them. What does that say about who Jesus was?
Jesus was claiming to be God. He claimed to be present with us in only a way that God could.
Matthew doesn’t say what happens to Jesus next. Why does He leave the story here? Where can you read what happens next? (See Acts 1-2)
We don't know exactly why Matthew stops at this exact moment. In John's account of the gospel, he tells us about more of the appearances Jesus made before He ascended to Heaven. Luke continues the story in his book of the Acts of the Apostles.
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