Our scripture this week is Matthew 28:16-20.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
It is hard to assign ranking to any scripture passage as compared to another, all of God’s Word is necessary for us. However this passage has three very important things to tell us – the risen Christ is Lord of all things, we are to go make disciples everywhere, and we have His promise to be with us always.
Jesus wants His disciples to understand who He is, that His authority is from God and it is unlimited. He came to earth to live as a human, to face all the trials and temptations we encounter and for our sake He has endured them all. Now we can live new lives in Him because He has broken sin’s power.
During difficult times and trying circumstances, we need to remember our history and our faith. We are God’s people and we can and must do better than we have. It starts by seeing ourselves and each other as God’s precious creation, loved by Him and saved by Jesus sacrifice.
Loving Lord, we are hurting! There is so much going on that we feel overwhelmed. Help us to see that Your love and light is still the only way to heal our world. Amen.