Jesus appeared to his disciples on a number of occasions after the Resurrection. He greeted them, shared food with them and then he sent them out to continue the message of the Good News. Luke tells how, after his Resurrection, Jesus reassures his disciples that they will not be alone.
Then Jesus said to them “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled”. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures and he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so, stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”Luke 24: 44-49
In Matthew, Jesus is not only reassuring the disciples but telling of their future mission.
The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him even though some of them doubted. Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples. Baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And I will be with you always to the end of the age. Matthew 28: 16-20
Imagine you were present in Galilee and heard Jesus’ message about going out to ‘peoples everywhere’. In the light of what you heard, what would you do next? How would your actions begin to shape other people’s lives? Record your response.