Background: The eleven disciples probably felt a lot like Frodo did inRivendell as Jesus was giving them the great commission. They arelittle peoplewith simple backgrounds and no formal education. Andworse yet they are painfully aware that theyall just abandoned Christin his time of need at the crucifixion. Some of them, like Peter,haddenied knowingJesusall together. Butin our passage,Jesusgathersthen togetherand sends them onan epicmission.