As You Are Going (Matthew 28)

10 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 28:10

Several weeks ago in Beirut Lebanon, a major explosion took place at the port. There was extreme damage and lives were lost. Within minutes news outlets from around the world were reporting the events. Suddenly Beirut Lebanon was in the world spotlight.

Weeks have passed and for much of the world, Beirut has gone out of their minds. But for the people who have been affected by this tragedy their lives are forever changed.

Consider the people in the spotlight of Matthew 28. First there is Jesus who was raised from the dead and then after 40 days He ascended back to the Father in Heaven. Jesus last words recorded before going to the Father were these:

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Consider the women who were the first to hear of Jesus Resurrection. Jesus met them on the road and said, “Go tell the disciples…”

Consider the guards at the tomb who fainted when Jesus was raised from the dead. These went to the elders and reported the news. The elders chose to reject the news and then they paid to have the news covered up.

Consider the 11 disciples who heard the news and who saw the resurrected Jesus. The Bible records in the book of Acts how the Apostles carried the gospel to ends of their world.

If I had to give headings to the people who heard the news of Jesus resurrection, it would be like this:

  1. There were those who heard the news and rejected the news.
  2. There were those who head the news and believed the news.

Notice how both groups responded differently: Those who rejected the news covered it up and moved on. But those who believed the news went out and told others the news.

This morning, I have heard the news, Jesus is alive!!! The first time I heard it was over 50 years ago and still today it is the best news and the most impactful news I have ever heard. Each day I am called to share this news because it is fresh news because people are being saved because of Jesus.

I love the lines of that wonderful hymn: Jesus saves. They fit this today:

1. We have heard a joyful sound,
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Spread the gladness all around:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land,
climb the steeps and cross the waves;
onward! ’tis our Lord’s command:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

2. Waft it on the rolling tide,
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Tell to sinners far and wide,
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Sing, ye islands of the sea,
echo back, ye ocean’s caves;
earth shall keep her jubilee:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

3. Sing above the battle’s strife,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves.
By his death and endless life,
Jesus saves. Jesus saves!
Sing it softly through the gloom,
when the heart for mercy craves;
sing in triumph o’er the tomb,
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

4. Give the winds a mighty voice,
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Let the nations now rejoice:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout salvation full and free
to every strand that ocean laves;
this our song of victory,
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

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