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Matthew28+ Conclusion 

June 24, 2016

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

June 23, 2016

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 

June 22, 2016

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. 

June 21, 2016

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 

June 20, 2016

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

June 19, 2016

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 

June 18, 2016

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? 

HE IS TISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED!!!

Matthew 27 The Burial of Jesus and His Guard

June 17, 2016

The last two sections of chapter 27 will be taken together. 

Matthew 27:63-64“Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ [64] So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

There are four logical conclusions about Jesus’ death. 

1. He was dead and stayed dead. Therefore His body was removed and buried somewhere else. Mary Magdalene thought so, John 20:15. His resurrection was a lie. Why, then, were all the disciples willing to die for a lie? Them and many others who were alive and knew Jesus?

2. He was still alive when He was buried. He woke up, managed to squeeze past the stone and elude the guards–all while His hands and feet were brutally disfigured, having been stabbed in the side (desperately dehydrated and anemic), and whipped past the death penalty. Come on! Really? 

3. Jesus was alive and the disciples snuck past the Roman soldiers and carried Him away. Not plausible, but possible. The big problem is His appearances over the next 40 days to 500+ people with NO residual effects (except already-healed scars). THAT is impossible. 

4. He was dead and came to life. He transported (something He did several times) through the wall of the cave, thus circumventing the guards. Having a glorified body, He had no wounds-just the scars-and was not limited to our time and space. He still isn’t! He lives in our hearts! Bless His holy name!!!

Looking forward to tomorrow’s reading: THE RESURRECTION!!!

Matthew 27 The Death of Jesus

June 16, 2016

Matthew 27:50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

[51] At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.

Mark 15:37-38 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

[38] The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

Luke 23:46-47 Jesus called out with a loud voice,“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

[47] The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

 John 19:30-31a When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

[31] Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath.

Each Gospel, beginning with Mark (which was written first), adds something special to the story. 

1. Both Mark and Mathew include the veil being torn. By the way, did you know that the veil was torn open not only to give us access to God, but to give Him access to us? He proved that at Pentecost when He made all who are saved into mobile temples. 

2. Matthew includes an earthquake. He also talks about tombs being opened and dead people walking…

3. Luke tells us Jesus’ last words and then what the Centurion said. 

4. John adds a clue to the specific day Jesus died. Saturday is not a special Sabbath, but that week holds a floating Sabbath according to when Passover happens (always at twilight on the 14th). Don’t trust the liturgical calendar, for it doesn’t take into account the moon calendar nor Jesus’ prophecy about Him spending three days and three nights in the grave (Matt. 12:39-40). Jesus was likely to have died on Thursday. 

The main point is what He accomplished on the cross: He bore our sins and took our punishment. THANK YOU, JESUS!!!

Matthew 15  6-15-16

June 15, 2016

Matthew 27:41-43 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.

[42] “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.

[43] He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

Let’s be sensible for a minute. These guys just crucified Jesus; if Jesus DID decide to come down off the cross, what would happen? He would call His angels to massacre all who shouted, “Crucify Him!” Their own words were, “His blood is on us and on our children!” (25) 

I call your attention to a passage in 1 Cor. 2:6 that bears out their position. “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 

[7] No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

[8] None of the rulers understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucifed the Lord of glory. 

[9] However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”— 

[10] but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. 

Thank You, Jesus, for hiding Your plan until it came to fruition, and for revealing it to me and to all Your children through Your Holy Spirit. Amen!