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Matthew 28:16-20: Jesus Reveals Himself to His Disciples

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 29, 2012


Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. (17) When they saw him, they worshiped him–but some of them doubted! (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 disciples had been through so much. Three and a half years ago Jesus called them away from their homes, families, businesses, all the security they relied on in this world to follow Him, no questions asked They followed Jesus, always wondering where their next meal was coming from, waiting for His next message, watching people from all walks of life coming to Him in faith to be healed and to listen to Him teach.

 

They heard so many parables. Carefully listening they saw all the physical applications as Jesus pointed out the fields of wheat, used a fig tree as a model, and many other examples He used. They knew at least one spiritual meaning applied to each parable and wanted to learn all the applications, but were afraid to ask. Afraid to show they did not know everything. Each of the disciples thought about all the questions they wanted to ask Jesus when they watched Him on the cross. Some of them prayed for another chance to ask Him the hundreds of questions still on their mind.

 

The arrest and crucifixion of Jesus took them all by surprise. It didn’t take long to remember the times Jesus wanted to talk about going to Jerusalem to die. They wouldn’t listen. Instead they quickly changed the subject. Now they wished they had listened to Him.

 

When Mary returned with the news of Jesus’ resurrection, all of them found it hard to believe. The few times Jesus told them He would rise did not register with them. The disciples hung onto their concept of the Messiah until Jesus showed them His wounds, scares He would carry for all eternity. Scares used to create an image in the minds of the disciples which dispelled all the misconceptions they carried in their hearts as the watched Him die on the cross. It took more than the cross to change them. More than Jesus’ death. More than His resurrection. It took all those events combined with a personal meeting face to face with Jesus for them to finally realize they had no choice but to give up their misconceptions on prophecy and forsake all the worldly doctrines they learned and followed throughout their lives.

 

Jesus gave them another example of His love. He forgave them for their unbelief, and answered their prayer by giving them a second chance to learn and ask the questions they allowed their pride to hold back.

 

As the disciples traveled to Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus told them to go, He could not wait to show them all the prophecies He fulfilled. The disciples realized it took His death to open their hearts and minds to what He came to teach. They began to understand their role in God’s plan of salvation. As they listened to Jesus, every word was like a song, a regeneration of creation. New hope for this world came to view every day as Jesus taught them from early morning until late into the evening. When Jesus knew they were ready, He told them, , “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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.”

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