Matthew 28, Psalm 146


Matthew 28 demonstrates quite the contrast between true and false authority, as well as the difference between those with reason to fear with ones having confidence from true authority. When the angel of the Lord rolls back the stone, the soldiers have reason to be afraid, yet the women who follow Jesus are comforted with words not to fear. In fear the Jewish authorities devise a lie for their authority to stop Jesus' work has run dry, while soon thereafter Jesus tells all authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Him. The story invites us to see the importance of the mandate to make baptized disciples who obey Jesus in all things. Being on Jesus' side as a disciple is the difference between experiencing fear with no authority versus hope with derived authority. The capstone of the entire book tells us how these disciples and all future disciples are able to live with such authority and great confidence. Let those words of Jesus encourage you today, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)