In Matthew 28:19-20, commonly referred to as “the great commission”, we hear from Yeshua his final words to his disciples as recorded by Matthew.
In these words, we hear the calling for all those who are disciples of Yeshua, including us today. It is easy to think that our calling from Yeshua is to get people to believe Yeshua is the Messiah and to have people be attenders of our Messianic synagogues, both are important steps but Yeshua calls for his disciples to do more than just make “believers” or “attenders
but to make others into disciples.
A disciple of Yeshua is more than just a “believer” but also a doer. Yeshua says:
Go then, and make disciples of all the nations, giving them immersion, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Ruach HaKodesh:
Teaching them to observe all the commandments which I have given you.
The disciple of Yeshua is one who observes and does the commandments that Yeshua gave. This is a call to live a life of faithfulness to the Torah that Yeshua embodied and lived out amongst us. A disciple of Yeshua brings together two vital components, one being belief in the Messiahship of Yeshua and secondly, a life of walking in accordance to Yeshua’s commands, which for Jews would include living Torah faithful lives.
For us as the Messianic Jewish communities we need to take from our Messiah some important lessons. Firstly we need to ask ourselves, “Am I a disciple of Yeshua?” It’s important for us to be disciples ourselves before seeking to make disciples in our world. As we individually come to be disciples of Yeshua we can seek to build up our synagogues into living communities of Yeshua’s disciples, synagogues that are Yeshua believing and Torah faithful Jewish faith centers.
Once we build up ourselves and synagogues to be communities of disciples, we then are better prepared to call those in our local Jewish community and the larger Jewish world to come and join us as a disciple of the our righteous Messiah, Yeshua. It is by bringing together Yeshua faith and Torah living that we can both grow as individuals and communities to be disciples of Yeshua and communities of disciples, but also it opens us up to obey Yeshua’s call to make new disciples, new Yeshua honoring and Torah faithful Jews. The job and holy task of making disciples of Yeshua has been given to us. On the task we have as servants of Messiah, I am reminded of the opening words of the Alenu:
It is our duty to praise the Master of all,
to acclaim the greatness of the One who forms all creation.
How better to give praise to our God and to acclaim His goodness than for us to seek to be disciples of Yeshua, build Torah faithful Messianic synagogues made of disciples of Yeshua and to make new disciples of Yeshua. In this, we on multiple levels fulfill the words of our Messiah and give the praise and glory due our God in a tangible way.
May we be disciples, may we make disciples.