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. Matthew 28:19 NIV
Our lives are filled with times of being sent. As children, we are sent to school. Our parents may have sent us to summer camp. As we enter adulthood, we are sent to other places for other reasons. Those in the military are sent to a post. We all, at some point, have probably been sent for job training. When we are sent, it is for a purpose, by appointment from someone other than ourselves.
His Heavenly Father sent Jesus. For over three years, he had taught his followers all they needed to know about the kingdom of God. In today’s scripture, having conquered death, he has one remaining task before he ascended to return to his Father. To send his children into the world to make disciples, leaving them instructions to baptize in the name of the Trinity. Having risen, he sent the promised Holy Spirit.
Our baptism is a result of those disciples sent thousands of years ago. Now, we, filled with the same Holy Spirit, are sent by the same commission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all people. Like the disples of the old, we have assumed the mantle to make disciples for the future.
Father, we thank you for sending us Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for sending out the early disciples to bring us your good news. Bless us as we continue to carry this promise of hope to the world. Amen.