· Jesus is risen from the dead
· Jesus reveals himself to the women first (those that seek him)
· The chief priests attempt to cover up his resurrection
· Jesus commissions his disciples
· I think it’s pertinent that Jesus revealed himself and left a message with the women. Matthew, himself a tax collector and scorned man, takes notice of the least of whom God reveals himself to (women in Jesus’ day). They are given the living message of redemption and power FIRST!
· Was it simply because the women were seeking him while everyone else mourned, hid, or went about their normal activities?
· It’s encouraging to me that in the midst of some people’s doubts, worship still happens
· “All authority in heaven and on earth are mine”…so I send you? That doesn’t seem like the right play in this moment. Yet Jesus’ deep trust, belief and commitment to his followers (and the work he had done in discipling them) led him to commission them for something far greater.
· Jesus still commissions people today!
What am I doing intentionally about living on mission? How much time am I spending on worthless things that pacify me rather than living with purpose according to the Spirit? I must choose discipline above complacency!
“Father I ask that you would help me to live on your mission. That I would not become so amused, distracted or content to live for such a lowly goal as myself or the treasures of this world. Instead, give me courage to be intentional, to love as you love and live as you live.”