Matthew – Chapter 28 – Outline
- As Sunday began, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb
- There was a great earthquake
- Because the angel of the Lord rolled back the stone and sat on it
- He was like light and his clothes were white as snow
- The guard feared and fell to the ground
- The angel said to the women
- Don’t be afraid, Jesus is risen
- Go tell His disciples He is risen and He is going to Galilee
- As they were going they met Jesus who told them, “Rejoice”
- They worshiped Him
- Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, go tell my brethren to go to Galilee
- There they will see Me
- The guards reported what had happened to the chief priests
- The chief priests gave them a large sum of money
- They told them to say that the disciples came to stole Him
- The 11 disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had appointed
- They worshiped Him but some doubted
- Jesus said, All authority is given to Me
- Go therefore and make disciples and baptize them
- Teaching to observe all I have commanded
Matthew 28:18-20 – Jesus’ Great Commission
Matthew’s account of the events around Jesus’ Resurrection is outstanding. It is amazing how deaf the disciples could be to the continuous prophesies about His death, burial and resurrection and how blind they could be when He appeared to them. I say this is not to be critical of them but to realize how we can be also. Our eyes cannot see what God is doing and our ears hear what God is saying. Only when our heart loves Him more than our need to be right can we be open enough to the truth and receive it (1 Cor 2:9).
Jesus’ last words in the Gospel of Matthew were the Great Commission. Sometimes His words are not really heard and they are implemented according to our limited understanding. Let me share some thoughts He has been impressing on my heart.
- Now Jesus has all power and authority. He has delegated this authority to us. Do we really know what that means?
- Today in the world there is no understanding about authority, and there is a rebellion against any form of it. This spirit has even penetrated the church. Jesus demonstrated how authority and faith work together. (Mat 8:8-13) Should we be open for correction in this area?
- Do we realize the authority we have as believers? (Eph 1:17-21, 3:17-20)Do we know how to use it? Are we really using it? Jesus is our example in this area, not worldly authorities. We can learn by looking at Him.
- Jesus said make disciples of all nations. Often that is understood as get people to join a church, thinking that it is equivalent to them being “saved.” However, many people are sitting in church Sunday after Sunday and are not even “saved” as it is proven by the lack of change in their behavior.
- Disciples are more than church goers. They are church makers. Disciples are contagious witnesses of the truth, they cannot keep quiet about it.
- Baptizing them is more than getting then wet. A ceremony does not change lives. Jesus did not teach us to make magic spells. To be of any value, the ceremony must correspond to a spiritual immersion in the reality of a relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- We must teach believers to obey all He has commanded us not in a legalistic way but by learning to walk in the Spirit. When there is no behavioral change there has not been a spiritual change. The change starts from the heart and is manifested in our behavior, not the other way around. Further, decisions we made in the past must be maintained to be operational today.
I could bring many scriptures to support these thoughts, but let those who have ears to hear, hear. These thoughts have profound implications on what is our mandate as compared to what is often implemented.
I thank you Lord for your Word. Open my ears, my eyes and my heart to receive it. It has the power to transform me into an overcomer and to make me a powerful witness of the truth. Help me by your Holy Spirit to discern the truth and to implement it in my life, to walk by faith and not by sight, to be faithful to your instructions and to allow you to work through the gifts you have given me so that Your love is manifested through me.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
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