What Jesus Did! 'Reason to Worship' — Matthew 28:16-17

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The eleven followers went to Galilee. They went to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. On the mountain the followers saw Jesus. They worshiped him. But some of the followers did not believe that it was really Jesus.
— Matthew 28:16-17
Illustration of Matthew 28:16-17 —  They worshiped him.

Key Thought

Eleven followers. Wow, what a vivid reminder of the failure they had been — it was so bad that even one of them was dead at his own hands. Eleven was so much less than twelve. Twelve was such a special number for God's people. But now there were eleven. Despite Jesus' victory, it was a reminder of the fragility without him.
Next, notice they obeyed. They went to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. They did what Jesus asked them to do. When they saw Jesus, they worshiped him. But even then, after the resurrection appearances and the testimony of those who had seen him, there were still some doubters: it was hard to believe it was really Jesus after all they had been through; it was almost too good to be true.
The resurrection of Jesus IS almost too good to be true. It is definitely outside our experience and expectation. But the turnaround made by this wounded and incomplete group of eleven failures testifies that this encounter with Jesus after his resurrection changed them forever. Jesus' resurrection and command give them a sense of purpose, certainty, hope, and destiny that they had not enjoyed even before the Cross. And now, now they can trust he will go with them. So the fitting primary response to Jesus' triumph over death is to worship him. As we worship him, we too can be reawakened to the purpose and hope he gives us, because as we worship him, he is not only the object of our worship, but he is also the Lord who is present and will go with us every step of the way.

Today's Prayer

Almighty and Living God, I find my hope in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! As I worship and praise you for this mighty victory over all the forces that hold me captive, I am filled with wonder and hope that ...
- what I do in Jesus' name will live forever
- the people touched for his glory will share eternity with me
- the family members who share my love for Jesus and trust in his saving death and resurrection will never be parted from Jesus and our relationship with Christ will never be broken.
I praise and thank you for giving me this victory at such an awesome cost to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The eleven followers went to Galilee. They went to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. On the mountain the followers saw Jesus. They worshiped him. But some of the followers did not believe that it was really Jesus. So Jesus came to them and said, "All authority (power) in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach those people to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world."

Matthew 28:16-20

Related Scripture Readings

Early the next morning, all the leading priests and older leaders of the people decided to kill Jesus. They tied Jesus with chains. Then they led him to Pilate the governor. They gave Jesus to Pilate. Judas saw that they had decided to kill Jesus. Judas was the one that gave Jesus {to his enemies}. When Judas saw what happened, he was very sorry for what he did. So he took the 30 silver coins back to the priests and the leaders. Judas said, "I sinned. I gave you an innocent man to be killed." The Jewish leaders answered, "We don't care! That's a problem for you, not us." So Judas threw the money into the temple. Then Judas left that place and hanged himself.

Matthew 27:1-5

Jesus called his twelve followers together. Jesus gave them power over evil spirits. Jesus gave them power to heal every kind of disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles : Simon (also called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James, son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. Judas is the one that gave Jesus to his enemies.

Matthew 10:1-4

Judas knew where this place was, because Jesus met there often with his followers. Judas was the one that turned against Jesus.

John 18:2

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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