Vs. 10, “Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” Yesterday, I shared a message on the women visiting the tomb. The first part of Matthew, we are reminded of the Resurrection (vs. 1-10). Jesus’ birth on earth was a miracle and now His resurrection closes His tenure as fully man. Jesus not only appears to the women, but over a forty day period He would make numerous visits. While there were many testifying of Jesus’ resurrection, there were others (Chief priests & elders) conspiring to ensure that the truth stays hidden (vs. 11-15). The whole premise of the story is not very believable given the fact that there were guards hired to guard the tomb. The guards knew what truly happened with their fear and the earthquake (vs. 2-4). Matthew then closes his gospel with the Great Commission (vs. 16-20). Question: Why did the eleven doubt (vs. 17)? There are differing views on this, but some scholars point out that the doubt here was in the context of the eleven being unsure of the future.
Regarding application…Make Disciples. Vs. 19, “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.” Question: What is our purpose in life? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Jesus gives us a mandate and purpose to our lives. The Gospel isn’t just for the Jews, but it is to be spread to all nations. Question: What does that look like for us? Does that mean that we all must be international missionaries? The application to this is quite varied. Not all of us are going to be missionaries, but all of us can support making disciples; financial support, material support, prayer support, etc. Someone shared the gospel with you at some point in your life. They were making disciples. And now we must help in support not just a church emphasis, but the very exhortation of Jesus!