DAY 3: All Authority
After Jesus’ death and resurrection He appeared to His disciples and shared the Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20 reads, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The words all authority reveal that Jesus is very much in charge. He has the ability, power, strength, authority, capability – and because of what He had accomplished – the right to rule over the hearts and minds of others. As such, He commanded His disciples to go out in His name, making disciples of others.
The apostle Paul, who was not one of Jesus’ original disciples, came to recognize the authority of Jesus, and even wrote, “…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).”
READING & JOURNALING:
In what ways did Jesus show Himself to be a King who was worth following?
What do you think His followers decided to give up in order to fully follow Him?
Is there anything you may need to give up in order to more fully follow Him? What’s preventing you from doing so?
Heavenly Father, I’m very grateful for the life of Christ and the example He set on how to live and how to love. Today, I recognize there are many things I ought to “give up” in order to follow You more fully. As I do so, I pray that You awaken my life and my soul so that I may see myself and others in the same way You do. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Judges 15 & 16
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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Next Message Series: Beginning January 5