Week of August 25 - Day 1

Day 1 Read: Matthew 28:16-18

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Reflect: Why did Jesus lead His command with a statement of His authority? In what is His authority rooted?

Consider: Matthew did not record the meeting of Jesus with the 10 disciples later that same day (John 20:19–23) or the appearance 8 days later to the 11 disciples (John 20:24–29). But he did record an appearance occurring some time later in Galilee, where He promised He would meet them (Matt. 26:32; cf. 28:7, 10) at a mountain. Which mountain He specified is unknown. When Jesus appeared they worshiped Him, but some doubted. Since Jesus had appeared to them earlier and verified Himself to them, they were not doubting the Resurrection. There was probably simply a brief question among some of them as to whether this was truly Jesus appearing to them.[1]

Respond: What do you think it means to have all authority “in heaven and on earth”? What does the authority of Jesus do to the confidence level of His disciples? Why is it important that we understand the authority of Jesus? How does this truth impact our mission?

[1] Louis A. Barbieri, Jr., “Matthew,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 93.