11-27 – Jesus Died, the Angels Sat, I’m to Go!
“It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau
Overview: The book of Matthew is believed to be authored by Matthew, the apostle and former tax collector. Other than his name and occupation, little is known about him. The entire Gospel stresses that Jesus is Immauel – God-With-Us. Because God is with us, Matthew’s Gospel calls for complete obedience in our personal and corporate lives. Chapter 28 of Matthew is the concluding chapter of the book. It records the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and closes with the last words of Jesus spoken on the earth! One would certainly pay very close attention to the final words of an individual as he/she leaves this world and the words of Jesus must be so considered! We see into the heart of Jesus as He reveals what was important to communicate to His followers.
Memory verse: Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.
1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Confession: I believe I walk in the authority of Jesus. Because Jesus had authority, I too have authority. I will honor and obey the command of Jesus to go and make disciples of all people. Making disciples was important to Jesus, so it is important to me.
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