Christ gathered them to their meeting place in Galilee for a last rendezvous, a most intimate one:
He was leaving them for the final time.
Let us imagine we are there.
Approximately forty days earlier, He was violently put to death by crucifixion, and amazed all of us by coming back to life; resurrecting Himself, the power He said He had He has proven!
He walks among us, appears before us at any time of day or night. He talks to us, sups with us ~ and we expect Him to be here, as He has always been. He is our brother, our counselor, and friend. We love Him...we do not understand.
He has called us together to say goodbye, again. He is departing Heavenward, to the Father.
Remember, He spoke of these things to all of us; but we did not understand then. Some believe now; yet, some remain doubtful.
He has recited the Scriptures to us, and talks about repentance and forgiveness of sins.
He tells us that all power is given to Him in Heaven and in earth.
We are to teach all nations to observe all that He has commanded,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
And He promised that He will be with us always, even until the end of the world.
16 But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.