This weekend, as we return to kneel at the foot of the cross and then journey to the empty tomb, we celebrate the living Savior Jesus Christ. It is important as followers of Christ to do this, and to remember the enormity of the Lord’s sacrifice. It is a time to celebrate His resurrection and rejoice in the magnificent gift of grace we have received. Although we know this well through God’s Word, it is still an experience of extremes that speaks to us in the most powerful ways drawing us closer to Him. After this journey, it is important to remember what comes next. Where do we go from here and why? From his commentary in his Study Bible, Warren Wiersbe helps us to remember and understand:
Jesus based His commissioning of the disciples on His authority. In Matthew 28:18, the word “authority” indicates the right to use power. The entire Gospel of Matthew stresses the authority of Jesus Christ. His teaching had authority (7:29). He exercised authority in healing (8:1-13), and even in forgiving sins (9:6). He had authority over Satan, and He delegated authority to His apostles (10:1). At the close of his gospel, Matthew made it clear that Jesus has been given all authority. Because of this we obey Him without fear. No matter where He leads us, no matter what circumstances we face, He is in control. By His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated all enemies and won for Himself all authority.
Have you given Jesus authority over your life and witness for Him?
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