Today’s Scripture: Matthew 28
Matthew 28 completes this book, but it contains a lot of information! We see the women disciples returning to the tomb early in the morning of the third day to properly care for the body of Jesus. But when they arrive, they experience a violent earthquake and watch as an angel rolls the stone of the tomb away. Then he sits on it! The angel tells the women not to be afraid (right!) and gives them this incredible message: Jesus is not in the tomb. He actually did what he said he would (like, rise from the dead!) The angel says, “Tell the disciples to meet him in Galilee.” Then, the women actually see Jesus! He repeats the message and sends them on their way.
So the disciples travel to Galilee at some point. The other gospels differ on the timing and what other events might have occurred in the meantime, but we get to the point of the whole thing, at least for us as Christ followers: the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:18-20 (Emphasis added)
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The chapter concludes with Jesus giving us the Great Commission: it is now our job to tell the world that Jesus is Lord. He is the true king of the world. He sends us, his disciples, out into the world with the good news. This means that when we trust in him as well as his life, death, and resurrection, we have the power of the Holy Spirit living in us. We have the authority given to Jesus by the Father, to bring this good news into the entire world. And then—the most spectacular promise of all—he will be with us as we do this, always, even to the close of the age, when he returns in triumph!
This is why CedarCreek Church exists: to tell the world about Jesus! Then we are to nurture and disciple those who come to believe. We all share in this commission. God has given each of us gifts that we can use in the fulfillment of this mission. Learn what they are, and use them! It is our privilege and our responsibility!
So, have you left yet? He goes with you everywhere and anywhere, so don’t be afraid!
What are your spiritual gifts? (Growth Track week 3)
With whom in your life can you share the good news of Jesus Christ? When are you going to do that?
As you prayerfully ask God to show you the people with whom you can share the good news, be brave and make appointments with them. Nurture your relationships with love until the moment is right to tell them about Jesus.
My Jesus, my Emmanuel, every time I think of your sacrifice for me, it blows my mind! It is difficult for me to think that I was worth it, but you say that I am! You say each one of us is! It is my joy to share this good news with the people you put in my life! Create in me the urgency and the desire to share what you have done in my life with everyone, so that they may put their trust in you! Amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people that God used to start CedarCreek in the Fall of 1995, and was on staff until 2013. Lauri loves Jesus, and loves helping people, especially women, live out of the truth about who we are in Christ. She and her husband Mike live in Oregon, but now spend winter months in Florida near daughter Kelda and her family.
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