He has risen, happy Easter! Today I’m sharing my thirty-first “Scripture Sunday” post (read the previous posts in my “Scripture Sunday” series here) with an Easter theme. The verses I’m sharing today are a couple of my favorite from the gospels in regard to Jesus’ return! As always, I’ll throw in the disclaimer that my “Scripture Sunday” posts fall under the Christian category, so if the Christian religion offends you for whatever reason please feel free to continue scrolling through my blog until you find something that strikes your fancy (this past week I shared my Carolina Point travel diary and an outfit inspired by Jeanine Amapola)! Enjoy!
Matthew 28:19-20; Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
I didn’t want to spend today’s “Scripture Sunday” telling y’all what I’m sure you’ve heard all day, “He is risen!” Yes, He has risen indeed, but what does that mean for us today, over two thousand years later? What does it mean to serve a living God?
We’re about to reach that time of the school year where the teachers review what they’ve taught us so we are prepared to take the exam and advance into courses where we will be expected to know everything they have taught us without their presence. These final days with the teachers we’ve gotten to know and love (or loathe) so well are stressful and scary, and personally I spend a lot of it scared that I won’t be able to retain everything they’ve shown me throughout the course of the school year. But still, these teachers will soon finish reviewing study guides and pass out exams that will mark our departure from their classes. Imagine what it must have felt like as a disciple to realize that your teacher of the most important lessons ever has died, and while He just somehow came back from the dead, is about to leave you again. Like I said, I’m stressed about the fact that I’m supposed to remember how to graph cotangent functions without my pre-cal teacher next year, if Jesus told me “I’m about to go back to heaven but you stay here and teach people how to live” I think I’d pass out on the spot.
What I love so much about Matthew 28:19-20 is that while Jesus tells his disciples basically just that (“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”), He also gives the greatest reminder of all time; He might be leaving us physically but He is with us forever. In my opinion, the last sentence of Matthew is debatably the prettiest and most comforting thing in the Bible, it says “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” If that’s not some of the best news you’ve ever heard I really don’t know what is, personally I’d be a train wreck without Jesus.
This week, look for Jesus in everything. You are not alone, and you will never be. Know that your teacher Jesus has given you a mission, but unlike your school teachers and the exams they give you, He accompanies and guides you throughout this test. He loves you unconditionally and sends you into the world to do amazing things with Him.
Thanks for reading! Happy Easter and have a blessed week!