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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 28:19

What does Matthew 28:19 mean?

In Matthew’s story of Jesus, these are His parting words to His eleven remaining disciples. Verses 18–20 are often called the “Great Commission” because Jesus is sending His hand-chosen disciples out into the world to accomplish a specific mission: Make more disciples. This comes with some noteworthy inclusions, but what is also crucial are things which Jesus does not say.

Specifically, the disciples are to make more disciples of all nations. This means people from every people group and ethnicity on earth. Through Jesus, God’s relationship with humanity has moved beyond Israel to include people from every corner of the world who come to the Father through the Son.

Jesus’ command is to make “disciples.” A disciple is someone who becomes like his or her master by living in a servant relationship to him. They learn from and submit to that person’s example. That’s what each of the eleven disciples hearing this for the first time had done in answer to Jesus’ call. It is now what they will invite others to participate in