Easter Focus Passage: Matthew 28:16-20
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 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,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Easter Truth – WRAP-UP:
Over the past 40 days, we have gone through select passages of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments to look further at the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what that means for us today. We have been encouraged, humbled, inspired, sobered, and filled with joy at the prophecies and events that happened to make up what we call the Easter story. The wonderful thing about Easter and the days leading up to it is that it is a story that lives on for ages because Jesus Christ is alive and lives in the hearts of those who believe. The day of Easter may be over but the victory from Christ’s resurrection should be reflected in our lives every day.
If you are troubled about something, grieving over a loss, despairing about a difficult situation, may I encourage you to look to Jesus Christ for hope. The hope that was given when He died on the cross was not a one-time gift. But everyday we are alive, that hope is available to us afresh and anew. After such a beautiful and glorious celebration day like Easter, we often need a fresh dose of encouragement, inspiration, and hope. This is not because we have forgotten what Easter is all about, but because many times our worst days come after our very best days. Our collapse into desperation and hopeless feelings often follow our most glorious, victorious moments.
Jesus knew that we would face the Monday after Easter Sunday. He knew we would climb to this magnificent pinnacle of glory and then come tumbling or crashing down. He knew the enemy would seek to “sift us as wheat” like he did Simon Peter, and all our joy would turn to sadness and our confidence to doubt. Jesus knew we would need a promise, an assurance, a rope of hope that we could hang on to on Monday. This is why in Matthew 28:16-20 before He went back to Heaven to sit on the right hand of God, He gave the disciples a capability, a command and a comfort.
The capability was the authority and power He gave them. The command was to go everywhere and share the Good News of salvation. The comfort was that He would be with them every step of the way even to the very last day. On the Monday after Easter Sunday, Jesus leaves us with the same capability, the same command, and the same comfort. So we will not fall into the throws of despair and the ploys of Satan, Jesus gently infused us with power to go into the world and share His story being guided by Him all the way. Carry the joy of Easter, the victory of the Resurrection, and the power of Jesus Christ with on the Monday after Easter Sunday and every day. God is with you and me and in Him, we can do anything.
Lord, we thank You for the joy of Easter and we thank You for the hope that still exists on the Monday after. Help us to not forget the glory and victory of the Resurrection by falling into desperation over imperfect people and earthly events. Help us instead to receive Your power, to embrace Your command, and to rejoice in Your comfort. In Jesus’ name. Amen.