Matthew 28:16-20 Go And Make Disciples Everywhere!

What has He called you to do?

What has He called you to do?

We come to the end of Matthew’s account today. It’s been a wonderful journey. I have enjoyed every moment of it. But before we leave, Jesus is going to leave us with His parting large group instructions. And even more important than that, He is going to leave us with His personal promise.

When Jesus rose from the dead He told the women who came to the tomb to tell His disciples that He would meet them in Galilee. We know from the other writers of Jesus’ history that He met them, and the women, while still in Jerusalem too. This didn’t negate His wish to meet them in Galilee though. He wanted everyone together in Galilee, His headquarters, for His final lesson. I’m assuming that there were more than just the remaining disciples present at this teaching. I believe that all the people who had been faithfully following Jesus were on that mountain top too. Read more »

Matthew 28:11-15 Paid to Lie

A lie as plain as the nose on your face

A lie as plain as the nose on your face

Today in our reading we are stepping away from following Jesus or His disciples. We will be looking at the guards who were at the tomb when the stone was rolled away instead. This group that “became like dead men” (verse 4) when the angel appeared, and were nowhere in sight when the women made it to the tomb. They ALL beat feet out of there once Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb.

In our story two days ago, we saw Caiaphas get permission to place guards at Jesus’ tomb. We don’t really know how many guards were posted for that vigil, but there were at least three and there were most likely a lot more. I was reading an article on this issue at StJohnny.com. He makes some very valid points as to why there were probably a lot of guards posted to this assignment.  Read more »

Matthew 28:1-10 He Is RISEN!

He is not here, for He is risen, just as He said

He is not here, for He is risen, just as He said

We have come from the saddest day in history to the most joyous one. It is Sunday morning and an amazing thing has happened. Jesus is risen, just like He said!

Before we go any farther, I want to share something with you that I was given this week. Jesus didn’t need to walk out the door of His tomb. The stone wasn’t rolled away to let Jesus out but to let His disciples in. After His resurrection, Jesus was able to move from place to place, free of the confines of our physical world. In Luke 24, Jesus appears to His disciples in the house where they were hiding without coming through the door or any other opening. He all of a sudden was simply standing in their midst and addressing them. Jesus simply appeared in the room. Like Philip did after speaking with the eunuch on the side of the road. Instant from place to place. Read more »

Matthew 27:62-66 Make it Secure

Standing watch over Jesus' body

Make it as secure as you can

Today’s reading brings us to the day of Passover. Caiaphas now goes to Pilate ON the most holy day in Israel’s calendar to make SURE Jesus doesn’t fulfill His words.

This should have been a day for rejoicing for Caiaphas and all the other religious leaders who wanted Jesus dead; but it wasn’t. This should have been a strictly observed Sabbath rest day; but for Caiaphas and crew, it was not that either. It should have been a day of rejoicing and celebration; but for Jesus’ followers it wasn’t that either. It was the day of Passover, but it was one unlike any other since its inception in Egypt. Read more »

Matthew 27:57-61 One Last Gift for Jesus

The countdown has begun

The countdown has begun

Yesterday’s reading brought us to the cross again. There, Jesus was subjected to a torturous and brutal death. We observed countless people taunting Him and hurling insults at Him during His ordeal. We also saw the helplessness of the few of His followers who stood by while He suffered. More than that though, we got to hear how, even while in excruciating pain, He cared for others. Today’s reading will tell us of the only care others could give to Him. They will care for what is left of Jesus; His body.

When we left our story yesterday, Jesus had just moments before, breathed His last. Pilate had sent word for the soldiers to break the prisoner’s legs to hasten their death. As Jesus was already dead, He was spared this added injury, but the centurion over His detachment pierced His side with his spear. Blood and water flowed from the wound, proving Jesus was truly dead. Read more »