HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

February 10/Matthew 28

Verses 1-10 > These truly are some of the most important verses in the Bible for they tell of our savior Jesus coming back from the dead proving that he is God. Proving that believing in Him truly is the way to life and to life eternal! Today happens to be Ash Wednesday where on the church calendar we are looking ahead to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. We now look forward to his coming back to get us! The resurrection proves that he keeps his promises.

The words that the angel spoke got my attention. He said to the ladies, “Remember what I have told you.” This has great implications for us today. What did he tell them? He told them not to be afraid, Jesus is risen from the dead, and he was going ahead of them to Galilee. How does that effect us you ask? Well we can go through this life not being afraid of our present day circumstances or future circumstances or whatever comes down the boulevard of life. We don’t even have to be afraid of death because Jesus took the sting out of it for us. Because he is alive it means that we are not alone in this life Jesus is with us! I believe he was called ‘Immanuel’ right? Do you remember what that name means; exactly God is with us! Because he is our shepherd he goes ahead of us. This means that he has already checked out what is up ahead and he says it is ok for us to proceed. Like a mine sweeper that goes ahead of the soldiers making sure no mine will blow them up! If we stay close to Jesus by obeying the what we read in the scriptures, nothing in this life will blow up our faith or cause us to loose hope. Jesus will make sure of that!

Romans 8:31–39 (NLT) — 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Verses 16-20 > As his followers what does Jesus give us? Yep heaven’s authority. It is much better than power. Demons may have more power than us but we have authority over them. Example: There are many guys that could probably whip our president in a fight but they won’t get the chance because has the authority to put them away.  Jesus took authority over sickness, sin, death, demons, nature etc. We need to see what he is doing and do the same things by faith.

What we are learning we are to teach to others. And Oh the last sentence just confirms what I wrote about in the first 10 verses > Jesus is with us!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Nancy Symens says:

    A couple verses stuck out to me:
    Verse 10: where Jesus (after His resurrection) addressed His disciples and followers as “brothers”, which means fellow believers, brethren, Christians. I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time Jesus addresses His disciples/followers/friends as brethren. Think about it…Jesus paid the penalty for our sins through His death on the cross and rose from the dead, defeating sin and death. He was getting ready to go back to heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father. But first He connected with His followers, which now He addressed as brethren/fellow believers. His brethren, who believed in His death and resurrection and followed His ways. And like Pastor Dan stated, Jesus passed on/shared/gave His authority (which is ALL authority) to His brethren. That is you and me. We are victors and not victims. The forces for us are far greater than the forces against us.

    And verse 20, where Jesus says…I AM with you always. In the translation I was reading, the I AM was capitalized. This is a reminder to me that Thee Great One and Only, The Great I AM is alive, living in us, and is with us at all times And through it all..

  2. Mark Gundersen says:

    The guards were told to lie about the resserection and promised that the priests would back them up while Jesus promised to be with his brethern. Which promise can you put more fit in? I feel sad that the lie was still believed by the Jewish people as mentioned in this chapter.

  3. Daniel Mueller says:

    Let the Holy Spirit speak to you and keep the comments coming good people! Ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding.