Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “All authority…”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new heart to trust and follow Him as our living King.  But even in the Bible, most of the journey with Jesus is lived in the moments between miracles.  In this 50-day series, we’ll consider some of those moments leading up to the next great miracle in the New Testament:  the fulfillment of Pentecost and the incredible growth of the Church.

 

Remember when you were a kid and your friends asked, “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?”  I always wanted to fly.  One of my friends always answered “super strength”. Those were the gold standards.  Occasionally somebody would say something off the wall like “time travel” or “changing shapes”.  If we’d thought about it, though, we might have said “all authority”.

Such a person could do anything.

In Matthew 28:18 we read that the risen Lord Jesus has that kind of power.  And does He choose to do with it?  He saves more lost and hurting souls by sending His people into the world to walk with them as He did:  serving them, being rejected by them, forgiving them, teaching them about His love, confronting them, encouraging them, and being with them through it all because we’re pointing them to Jesus and not ourselves.

Being a follower of the Lord is so much more than reading His Word or even faithfully worshiping with His people in a church.  It’s being transformed by His Word and Spirit to be a more humble and couragious person, a sacrificial spouse, a gracious parent, a wise teacher of the Truth, to serve in difficult places with real peace and joy knowing that He will use our witness and bless us for it because His love for His people is His glory.  It’s being with His people and wanting to make more disciples because that where we experience even more of His love.

He could have saved only those the believing few at the time and ended the world then and there, but the Lord is patient, powerful, and passionate to transform the lives of many more who, in turn, will make other disciples by His gracious work through them.

 

I hope today’s thought and others in this series will be helpful to you as you journey with Jesus in the moments between miracles.

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