Scripture reading for August 24th: Isaiah 14-16, Matthew 28
Matthew 28: 5-10 “But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus Who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. See, I have told you.: So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.””
Matthew concludes his Gospel with the best news ever! Jesus, after three days in a tomb, is no longer there! He is alive and on the move again. He is giving instructions to the women who first visited the tomb. He first sent and angel, but then personally greeted them and told them the same message. Fear was their first response followed by great joy! They ran to tell the message to His disciples. Later, the disciples gathered together and Jesus appeared to them on a specific mountain and there declared to them their mission and an assurance that He would be with them as they went into all the world with this good news!
Matthew 28: 16-20 “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.””
Prayer: Father God, thank You again for the personal appearances of Jesus to those early followers, both men and women. Thank You that You gave a simple and clear mission of going into all the world and making disciples of all nations. You are no respecter of persons, sexes, or nationalities! You promised us the Holy Spirit to live in us and lead us each day to fulfill Your mission. Onward and upward!
Isaiah 16: 5 “. .then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David One Who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”