What can I say? These chapters capture the most important events of human history.
Think of the mockery, the sarcasm, the disappointment, the disgust of Jesus dying under the label: King of the Jews. The Romans begrudgingly tolerated this racial group. The religious leaders raged against Jesus receiving this title. His followers watched their leader die in horror. What was heaven doing?
The Jews. A stiff-necked people. “Who kill the prophets and stone those sent to them.” Their long awaited Messiah. The fulfillment of promises made to Adam, Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, etc. etc. etc. Here dies The Answer, murdered by the people He loves and came to save. He is their King. He has been crucified.
Heaven knew how the story would end, but in those horrible moments leading up to Jesus’ final breath, did their jaws hang open? Did they make a sound? Did they shout for their Lord? The sky was dark for 3 hours.
“Behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” (27:51)
There is no list that can fully contain all the implications of that moment, and the moments to follow. A couple days later an angel charges down, pops open the tomb and makes the most exciting announcement ever: “He is not here, for He has risen, as He said.” (28:6)
At the close of the book, Jesus says all authority has been given to Him (Daniel 7:13-14; Philippians 2:9-11). He has more than earned the right to instruct us, boss us around, even. So what does He say?
“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.” (28:19-20)
Is that too much to ask? Nah. I’m in. Especially since He said He’d be with me to the end.
How do you make disciples? What are the implications of Jesus being King?
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