Matthew28+ Conclusion 

Today’s verse is a hard one, but has much theology and practical advice. 

John 21:19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

We would do well to use this verse as a life verse by substituting our name in place of Peter’s and then heeding the same call to follow Him. 

“What about him?” Peter was asking about John. We cannot know what Jesus has in store for others. In this case, Jesus wasn’t kidding when He said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
John really did see Jesus return-in a manner of speaking. Revelation 1:9-18 is John’s account of his vision of Jesus. In his vision, he sees Jesus return to Earth (19:11-21).

But that was John’s story. How about yours? What is Jesus asking you to do? Same as me:

Follow me.”  -Jesus

Matthew 28+ Jesus Reinstates Peter

Jesus asked Peter the same question three times. 

John 21:15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”

 “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

The difference is in the type of love. The first two times, Jesus used the word, “agape,” which is the word used for God’s love. It’s a selfless love. The third time, He used the term, “phileo,” which is the word used for brotherly love. Why would Jesus change the word? Why ask three times?

My own personal opinion is that Jesus was responding to the three denials. He was also repeating for emphasis. The reason for the word change was to give Peter a complete picture of how he was to lead: Godly, yes, but as a family, as well. It’s kind of like being a father and a brother as the same time. Jesus used this same mixed metaphor in Matthew 12:49-50, 

Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.

[50] For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

We would do well to keep this wholistic picture in mind as we feed His lambs. 🐐

Matthew-Extended John 21 Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish 

This chapter of John is a contuation of Matthew. It is also much more detailed. 

[2] Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.

[3] “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

I thought it was interesting that not all of them had stayed together. It could be that some were visiting family. They were all from that area. The ones who went fishing were probably commercial fishermen, which brings significance to the next part: they caught nothing. 

It was John who realized who the person was, probably because of the fact that it had happened before, at their calling (Luke 5:1-11). I appreciate Peter’s modesty (some things should never be taken for granted). 

I’ve heard that the 153 fish represent the total number of nations at that time. Could be. 

Jesus must have looked different. Mary didn’t recognize Him; the two disciples on the road to Emmaus didn’t either. Or, it just was so out-of-the-box that it was surreal. 

John stated that this was Jesus’ third appearance to them, which answers our question about whether or not He stayed with them for the whole 40 days. He was running the universe again–and beginning work on a house, a mansion, in fact. For us!

Matthew 28 The Great Commission cont. 

Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

[20] and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus is releasing them to become little Jesuses; that is for what they had been training. The first phrase means literally, “as you go” and can be interpreted as “wherever you go.” I like all three, so let’s put them together:

Therefore, go, and as you go, wherever you are going…”

They have their commission:

1. Go. 

2. Make disciples.  

3. Baptize them. 

4. Teach them. 

Then He made them a promise: “I will be with you.” It began when the veil was ripped and God was “let out.” As soon as the Spirit comes, they will all have Him inside-we become mobile temples!

Let us praise Him today for including us in His Great Rescue Plan. 

Matthew 28 The Great Commission 

Gonna spend a couple of days on this section. 

[18] Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority [power of rule] in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”

When Jesus met the disciples on the mountain where He had told them to go, they worshiped Him, but some doubted (verses 16-17). Given the number of people to whom Jesus had already appeared (the two Mary’s [28:1], Salome [Mark 16:1], Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus [Luke 24:13-35], and the disciples), there was probably a large number of followers there with them. So I’m not sure what to do with the phrase, “and some doubted.” 

I do know this: All authority means ALL AUTHORITY!

Ephesians 1:19b That power is like the working of his mighty strength,

[20] which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

[21] far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

[22] And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

[23] which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

[16] For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

[17]  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

[18]  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

[19] For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,

[20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Praise His name today! He alone is worthy! “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created
and have their being.” Rev. 4:11

Matthew 28 The Guard’s Report

There are so many things wrong with this report:

Matthew 28:13 They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’

They were soldiers! Seriously? How did the disciples get the stone rolled away without them knowing it? To what end? He was “dead!” 

A person is going to believe what he wants to believe in order to justify his actions, i.e. Evolution (we evolved, therefore we don’t have to answer to anyone). People place feelings and traditions over the Bible (Pentecostals and Catholics). For what purpose? In order to justify some action. 

We need to place our faith and trust in the Person of Jesus Christ according to His Word-alone! I know that is what you are doing. 😃 Stay close to Him. 

Matthew 28 Jesus’ Resurrection 

The angel said it and Jesus said it: “Go to Galilee.” 

[4] Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Matthew [10] Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

So, why didn’t they go? Or was it that Jesus couldn’t wait to see them?! They did finally go and Jesus did meet them there. Amazing events! Question: do you think that Jesus stayed with them the rest of the time or did He come and go from heaven?