After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples many times over the course of 40 days (Acts 1:3). He taught them many things about the Kingdom of God during these days, and helped them further understand how He had fulfilled the prophecies about the Messiah from the Old Testament (Luke 24:44). At the end of the 40 days, Jesus ascended “into heaven” (Acts 1:11) just a few days before the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). This Great Commission Teaching Picture shows Jesus speaking as He met with His disciples before ascension.
In those days, when a new king came to power in a kingdom, heralds would be sent to the far reaches of the kingdom announcing the rule of the new king. Shortly before His ascension, Jesus told His disciples they would be His “witnesses” and would go “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8) making disciples of “all nations” (Matt. 28:19-20). They were to be His heralds, proclaiming His Kingship throughout the world. This charge to His disciples (and us) is called the Great Commission. It may have been given more than once as we find varying versions of it in Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47-48, and Acts 1:8. This Great Commission Teaching Picture will help kids learn about this event.
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