16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 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,20 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 28:16-20)
– What is the significance of going to Galilee to meet Jesus? Jesus had done much, taught much, traveled much in Galilee. Jesus began his ministry there.
– Mountains were often places where God revealed – Sinai, Mt. Carmel, the Sermon on the Mount
– What follows the setting is the Great Commission to make disciples
I want the information before I go – show the map, the route, the GPS coordinates. I need to know the plan and the result. Jesus could have told his disciples what he needed to tell them where they were after the resurrection. But he didn’t.
The Bible is full of people who make journeys – Abram, Joseph, Moses and the Israelites. They journey to a place where truth is revealed, where God is revealed. So must the disciples. They must go to hear the commission. Their mission is about journeying – beyond what they have known and done and where they have gone.
I must go if I want to know… I must journey from where I am to where God wants me to be to learn, to grow, to become. So must we all.
Risen Lord, send me to where you have me go to be whom you want me to be. Show me where to travel to learn more of you. Jesus you have told us to follow you… may I follow you as they did. Amen.