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October
20
2019

Following Directions

Amazing things happen when we follow directions.  Following directions could mean that dinner turns out great or we get to the destination that was planned for the family vacation.  For Jesus’ disciples following the directions that he had given them before his crucifixion meant that they would be where they were supposed to be.  Please read Matthew 28:16-20. At some point during the Lord’s Supper, Jesus instructs his disciples that after he is raised up that he would go before them to Galilee.  Then on the morning of his resurrection, the angel instructs the ladies to go and tell the disciples to go to Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had instructed them to go.  Jesus reinforces this same message moments later when he appears to these two ladies. The disciples exercise faith and obey Jesus’ instruction.  They go to the mountain in Galilee where they see him and then worship him.  The worship they gave Jesus is the same worship that one gives only to God.  Jesus is God in the flesh. He is the image of the invisible God.  God the Father was pleased to have his fullness to dwell in him.  Jesus accepts their worship even though some of them doubted.  Those that were doubting must have been wavering concerning Jesus’ resurrection.  It’s only after worship that Jesus speaks to his disciples a truth that all of his disciples would need to know until he returns.  The truth is that Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Authority is the same as power.  This power that Jesus has been given was given to him by God the Father.  It is an inward working power that works itself outward to bring everything under his control.  He exercises this power freely to accomplish his plans and purposes according to the council of his will and the purpose of his plans.  He commissions his disciples to go depending on him and his power at work in them to make disciples of all nations.  Jesus’ disciples today share the good news that he died for their sins on the cross, was buried and rose again on the third day and that by believing in him alone for salvation and turning the control of their life over to him that they can be saved and made a new person in Christ Jesus.  The moment a person believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth the Lord Jesus, God the Father places them in the body of Christ. When this happens, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in the life of the person and God gives them the power to live life depending on him.  The outward expression of this inward work is seen through baptism.  The Holy Spirit will use other believers to come alongside the new believer and help them to live life in obedience to Jesus’ teachings.  As we put into practice what the Lord is teaching us through his word, our lives are changed from the inside out.  We then become sanctified, made holy for the Lord’s use.

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